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Thomas A. Turano

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Mr. Turano is a partner in the Intellectual Property practice area of K&L Gates. Mr. Turano focuses on intellectual property counseling, patent and trademark prosecution, licensing, opinions, transactional due diligence and litigation. He concentrates on start-up and emerging companies helping them to reach their exit strategy.  He has both international and U.S. clients and helps them create an IP portfolio that will maximize the business value of a company's intellectual property in the individual jurisdictions of interest. Mr. Turano also represents venture capital firms in their investments in technology companies.

Mr. Turano practices in both the health science related and the tech related industries including medical devices and diagnostics, software, and electronic and optical devices. Mr. Turano has been named among the "Best Lawyers in America in Biotechnology Law" in IP Law & Business since 2008 and is regularly listed in Chambers USA. Mr. Turano has presented a number of seminars and talks in the U.S., Canada and Europe on patent strategy and portfolio development and has been quoted in numerous newspapers and magazines.

Professional Background

Before beginning his law career Mr. Turano was a research scientist at a number of medical schools before becoming a software engineer at a Massachusetts computer company.  After obtaining his law degree and prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Turano was a partner in the Patent and Intellectual Property practice group of a Boston law firm and was an adjunct professor at Suffolk University School of Law, teaching a course on patent prosecution..

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Turano has presented a number of seminars and talks in the U.S., Canada and Europe on patent strategy and portfolio development including:
  • "Expansion issues - Intellectual Property" chapter in Doing Business in China and the EU Transnational Strategies for Exploiting and Protecting IP, Advanced Legal Studies, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA  panelist April, 2010
  • 2008 Risk Management and Compliance Overview — Key Issues Every Company Needs to Know, K&L Gates Webinar, by Michael H. Brodowski, Ph.D., John M. Edwards, Mark D. Pomfret, Thomas A. Turano. April 16, 2008.
  • Exploring the Funding Roadmap: Entering U.S. Markets, presented at InterTradeIreland, by James P. O'Hare, Thomas A. Turano, Harry Grill. June 16, 2005.Massachusetts Bar Association

Additional Information

Mr. Turano has written a book on patent prosecution and has published numerous scientific, engineering and legal articles including:

  • Co-editor of the K&L Gates Cleantech Resource: New England Edition
  • April 2010 Avoid the marking troll, Managing Intellectual Property, April 1, 2010
  • Patent Marking and Qui Tam in the Age of Trolls, Intellectual Property Alert, January 7, 2010
  • Golden Eggs, The Deal Magazine, June 5, 2009, with James Fajkowski.
  • Chapter, Managing Innovation: Patent Basics for Biotechnology Counsel, Biotechnology and the Law, ABA Publication, 2007, with Michael Brodowski and Christine Vito.