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Thomas E. McKiernan

T: 202.434.1500 | F: 202.434.1501

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Thomas E. McKiernan


Thomas McKiernan is a partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Staas & Halsey LLP. His areas of expertise include the procurement of patents related to mechanical and electrical devices, software, and business methods, drafting patent opinions related to validity and infringement, and designing around valid patents.

Mr. McKiernan served as a Patent Examiner in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. His responsibilities included the examination of applications pertaining to equalization, phase and delay locking, spread spectrum transmitters and receivers, and error and noise correction. Mr. McKiernan also worked as a Project Engineer at General Motors Corporation for almost 15 years. His responsibilities included math-based structural and vibration analysis of automotive components.

Mr. McKiernan has a mechanical engineering degree (B.S.) from General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan, a business administration degree (M.B.A.) from the University of Michigan in Flint, Michigan, an electrical engineering degree (M.S.) from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Detroit School of Law. He is admitted to the bars of Michigan and the District of Columbia and is also admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. McKiernan is a registered Professional Engineer, and he holds memberships in the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Mr. McKiernan enjoys reading, distance running, and home maintenance. He is currently looking for an old car to restore.


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  • Registered Professional Engineer


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