- Energy and Utilities
- Intellectual Property, Entertainment, and Technology Protection
- Rice University, PhD, Chemistry, 1998
- Henderson State University, B.S., Chemistry, 1993
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Thomas is a registered patent agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He focuses his practice on patent prosecution in the chemical arts, including oil field technologies, batteries, alternative energy, nanotechnology, 3-D printing, and small-molecule pharmaceuticals. While Thomas primarily concentrates on patent prosecution, he also provides assistance with preparation of patentability, invalidity and freedom-to-operate opinions, and gives technical support in due diligence matters.
Thomas has prepared and prosecuted patents related to carbon nanotubes, graphene, metal nanoparticles, molecular electronics, catalysts, biofuels, pharmaceuticals, polymer and material science, batteries, analytical methods, oilfield services, solar cells, alternative energy production, medical devices, sensors, 3-D printing, and mechanical arts.
In the energy sector. Thomas has handled upstream matters relating to drilling, stimulation, completion, cementing, production and remediation technologies, chemicals used in acidizing, fracturing, consolidation, and diversion operations, and downhole imaging and monitoring equipment. He also has experience with downstream matters relating to polymerization, catalysis, refining, biofuel syntheses, pipeline technology and industrial chemical production. Thomas also has significant experience handling patent applications relating to battery technologies, including flow batteries and other commercial battery systems.
Prior to becoming a patent agent, Thomas managed a good manufacturing practice (GMP) radiopharmaceutical production laboratory, where he oversaw the development of an experimental radioisotope generator for use in positron emission tomography (PET) imaging. He was also a principal scientist for a mid-size pharmaceutical company, where he developed small-molecule drugs for various inflammatory disease targets.
Thomas received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Rice University. He received his B.S. in chemistry from Henderson State University.
Thomas is not licensed to practice law in any state and does not provide legal services.
Professional and Community Activities
- Intellectual Property Owners Association, Member, 2017
- 12/1/2021In the fourth episode of the Vorys IP podcast, host Jeremy Harrison is joined by Thomas Thrash, a registered patent agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the Vorys Houston office, as they discuss US provisional and non-provisional patents as well as filing strategies.
- 1/4/2022Vorys patent agents Tom Thrash and Valerie Moore hosted a multi-day, interactive workshop providing an overview of career opportunities for scientific advisors and patent agents. The workshop provided an overview of intellectual property law, including a detailed introduction to drafting and patent prosecution.
- 12/1/2021On December 1, 2021, Vorys patent agents Tom Thrash and Valerie Moore hosted a webinar focusing on patent agent and scientific advisor careers.
- 7/7/2017Jeremy Harrison, a partner in the Houston office, and Thomas Thrash, a patent agent in the Houston office, co-authored an article for IP Law360 Titled "Effective Utilization Of The Patent Prosecution Highway."