July 23, 2008

R. Thomas Payne Joins Intellectual Property Law Firm

By: by Rita Matyi, Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP


LATHAM, NY - Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP, an intellectual property law firm, announces that Mr. R. Thomas Payne has been named Senior Patent Counsel and Of Counsel with the firm's New York office.

Mr. Payne, an AV rated attorney, brings extensive business management, patent prosecution, and licensing experience. With over 20 years of experience both as in house counsel for a number of corporations and as an attorney in private practice, he has led efforts to develop and upgrade several company IP departments and established numerous strategic partnerships. Mr. Payne established the IP department at CUNO Incorporated, and served as its Chief Patent Counsel before it was acquired by 3M in 2005. He has held managerial and patent counsel positions at General Electric Company (Transportation Systems), Deere & Company, and General Motors.

Mr. Payne possesses an expansive knowledge of patent preparation and prosecution, as well as being highly-skilled at drafting and negotiating license agreements for novel technologies both domestically and internationally. He also possesses considerable experience with government contract and technical and data rights negotiation.

Mr. Payne received his B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. His J.D. is from the University of Dayton School of Law.

Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP is an intellectual property law firm located in Latham, NY, specializing in U.S. and international patent, trademark, copyright, computer, trade secrets, unfair competition, and international trade law. For more information, contact Rita Matyi at (518)
220-1850 ext. 329 or visit