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Thomas M Finetti

Patent application Attorney at Basking Ridge, NJ

5.0   1 review
  • State Years
    New York - NY 17 years
    New Jersey - NJ 17 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2006
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

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About Thomas

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Practice areas
  1. Patent application
    I have extensive first-hand experience in the prosecution of patents before the Patent Office including through the appeal process. I am able to leverage my understanding of the rules and laws of practice on an international basis to develop the most cost-effective strategy to meet immediate and long-term goals and ensure appropriate patent protection. I also have experience in handling appeal and opposition proceedings in the US, Europe, Japan, and India.

    19 years

  2. Patent infringement
    I conduct freedom-to-operate studies for our clients to fully inform them of all risks prior to the launch of a commercial product. I also conduct patent validity studies to determine whether a patent is enforceable prior to the assertion, licensing, purchase, or sale of a patent. I evaluate the strengths and weakness of patents held in my clients' portfolios and provide guidance on how to reinforce the strength of any intellectual property asset.

    19 years

  3. Intellectual property
    I help my clients identify and develop their ideas and I advise on the most cost-effective strategy to protect their intellectual property. I ensure that any investment in intellectual property is aligned with business objectives, and I work to make sure that protection is maintained throughout a product's life cycle. I ensure that any strategy developed is properly maintained and reviewed, especially in view of changing markets, laws, management, and long-term goals.

    19 years

  4. Trademark application
    I work with clients on the registration of trademarks. I provide guidance in selecting a trademark by discussing the types of marks that are protectable and likely not protectable. I then conduct searches for marks similar to those chosen by my clients to determine which marks may have likelihood of confusion issues.

    19 years

Tom is dedicated to the practice of intellectual property law and is engaged in matters associated with the protection, licensing, and enforcement of patents, trademarks, and copyrights.  He is an experienced patent attorney and believes that the preparation and prosecution of a patent is as much of an art as it is a science.  In addition to patent prosecution, Tom prepares patentability, freedom-to-operate, and invalidity opinions.  He is also involved with substantive due diligence activities in connection with the licensing or purchasing of intellectual property assets. 


Tom works with clients both large and small and is equally comfortable counseling individual inventors, start-ups, in-house counsel, investors, and management.  He understands that the key to successful growth of a patent portfolio is understanding near-term goals, while keeping sight of the ultimate objective.  He also appreciates that no two clients are the same, and each client requires individualized attention and unique strategies to achieve its goals.  In that regard, Tom has had great success in growing and leveraging the intellectual property assets of small to mid-sized companies.  With Tom's help, these companies received necessary financial backing, not only bolstering their growth, but allowing them to be considered for mergers and acquisitions.


Prior to joining Charney IP Law, Tom worked for a renowned intellectual property boutique for nearly ten years.  He has experience at a major pharmaceutical company from both legal and R&D perspectives.  Tom also has significant hands-on laboratory experience where he engaged in the total synthesis of organic molecules.  His experiences allow him to excel at interacting with scientists and engineers and bridge the gap between the technical world and the legal one.


Outside the practice of law, Tom is a passionate landscape photographer and will often be found lugging his gear to remote reaches to capture the perfect image.  Tom also enjoys time spent in the outdoors, especially hiking, trail running, and kayaking.


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Charney IP Law LLC
233 Mount Air Road
Suite 100
Basking Ridge, NJ, 07920


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Posted by Joe | April 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Down to earth & extremely helpful
I hired Tom to do a patentability search initially. He was recommended and highly rated from several sources, so I felt comfortable reaching out to him. After speaking with Tom for the first time and letting him know what I wanted to do, I was confident that he would be a great choice for the intellectual property work I needed. I was even more relieved because he was so down to earth and in the business to help people. He was attentive and explained things clearly, which is so hard to come by nowadays (especially with attorneys). After he did the patentability search, we spoke on the phone about the results and he was, again, easy to understand and willing to repeat himself to make sure I understood. I then hired Tom for Trademark work, and soon I'll be filing for the patent. I highly recommend Tom for all things IP. I lucked out by being recommended to Tom, and maybe you'll luck out by reading this review and reaching out to Tom yourself.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Charney IP Law LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Patent Attorney
  • Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
  • 2005 - 2014
  • Summer Associate
  • Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Summer Associate
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • 2003 - 2003
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  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Lehigh University
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 2002
  • Lehigh University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2001


  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Registered Patent Attorney
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Chemical Society
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Tom on a number of matters including preparing and prosecuting patent applications, due diligence matters, invalidity opinions, and advising clients regarding patentability issues. Tom's technical and legal expertise and business savvy allow him to see the issue from different perspectives and prepare strategies that are best suited to the client's needs. I highly recommend Mr. Finetti for all areas of intellectual property."
Intellectual property Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Tom for a number of years and his expertise is first rate - both in terms of work product and effectively meeting clients' needs. Tom has shown time and again that he understands the complexities and nuances of patent drafting, prosecution, and general due diligence. Highly recommended for all areas of intellectual property."
Intellectual property Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom Finetti is a knowledgeable and highly skilled intellectual property attorney. He is recognized for his ability to solve the most complex intellectual property issues in a cost-effective manner. Tom takes a business perspective to help his clients implement and enforce an intellectual property strategy."
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Basking Ridge Patent application Lawyer Thomas M Finetti
Thomas M Finetti
Patent application Attorney
Basking Ridge, NJ
Licensed for 17 years