Thomas R. Burns, Jr. is an intellectual property and international trade attorney specializing in Section 337 investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and intellectual property litigation in U.S. district courts. Thomas represents foreign and domestic clients in a wide range of industries, and counsels clients on various intellectual property issues involving patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
Prior to joining the firm, Thomas practiced at a large international firm where he also specialized in Section 337 litigation and U.S. district court litigation on various intellectual property issues involving patents and trademarks.
Thomas applies this experience to represent clients on issues specific to the ITC, as well as on patent related issues in Section 337 investigations and in U.S district courts. He has represented clients at each stage of ITC and district court litigation, as well as on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In particular, Thomas has extensive experience working with economic experts and client representatives in both establishing and challenging domestic industries. He is also experienced in evaluating the available remedies and jurisdictional limits of the ITC.
Thomas is a contributing author to the second and third editions of the American Bar Association’s book entitled "A Lawyer's Guide to Section 337 Investigations Before the U.S. International Trade Commission."
While in law school, Thomas was student attorney in The Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic.
Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, L.L.P. is a Washington D.C. law firm and internationally recognized leader in the field of international trade law with an emphasis on Section 337 intellectual property litigation before the United States International Trade Commission (ITC). Founded in 1981, the firm has over 30 years of experience practicing before the ITC, all other federal agencies involved in international trade, the United States Court of International Trade, and federal district and appellate courts. As part of its Section 337 practice, the firm has participated in approximately one-third of all investigations instituted in the last ten years. In other areas of international trade law, the firm represents clients in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, as well as advises clients on Customs valuation and classification, and on country of origin, duty preference programs, sanctions, and export control issues. The firm also advises clients on trade policy issues, including import and export opportunities and barriers, enforcement, and regulatory hurdles. In addition to its international trade practice, the firm represents clients in a broad range of intellectual property disputes and counsels them on licensing and enforcement.