Thomas Dover provides cutting-edge legal strategies focused in all areas of intellectual property, corporate transactions and advertising.  His broad, international experience ranges from complex software transactions, to consumer products, to large portfolio management, to entertainment and media interests.  He is the Chair of Nossaman's Intellectual Property Group and co-leads the Firm’s Privacy/Data Security Team.

Thomas works with public entities and agencies throughout California and many other states for infrastructure development, software and technology licensing, and trademark and branding issues.  He also has significant experience with new and emerging technologies and was among the first attorneys pioneering the direct licensing and distribution of music and entertainment content via the internet and mobile platforms.  He represents government and public agencies, internet/digital platform distributors, and content developers for transactional and litigation matters.

Thomas lectures widely on industry topics and served as Adjunct Professor of Law at a Southern California law school.




  • Represents a wide variety of government agencies, public concerns and public-private partnerships (P3) for transactional, licensing and IP prosecution concerns regarding software, hardware and firmware issues generated by toll roads, automated toll collection, security systems and related data collection/security.  Representative experience includes:
    • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
    • County of Los Angeles, Treasurer and Tax Collector
    • California High-Speed Rail Authority
    • Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA, tollroads.com)
    • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“Metro”) – MicroTransit Pilot Project
    • Texas Dept of Transportation
    • Houston Metro, digital signage system
    • Los Angeles World Airports, Automated People Mover and Consolidated Rental Car Facility
    • Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (all-digital automated parking structures)


  • Represents public and private entities navigate the shifting landscape of privacy and data security regulations including application of the CA Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, CA data breach notice statutes and related regulations, CA Song-Beverly Credit Card Act, CA Shine The Light Law, the EU General Data Protection Regulation and a variety of related state and federal regulations.  Representative experience includes:
    • Successfully secured a restraining order for a large CA oil and gas producer against a vendor over the control of oil field computer system control and ownership of access control information and related system software (Vaquero Energy, Inc. v. Jeff Herda, et. al., USDC, Central Dist. 1:15‐CV‐00967‐JLT)
    • A significant German video game developer during the termination and litigation of a publishing agreement and compliance with the then-current Directive 94/46/EC and proposed General Data Protection Regulation
    • Multi-media content producers with focused distribution for internet, digital, mobile, and so-called “outdoor display”-specific mediums including all variety of software and website development and licensing agreements, consumer data collection, cookies and anonymized geographical trackers.
    • The largest court-ordered ignition control product/service provider regarding compliance with CA Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 along with an operations and internet review for compliance on a state-by-state basis.
  • Trade secret misappropriation, fraud, and breach of contract dispute between high‐end lighting manufacturer, former executives and related international entities. (Tivoli, LLC vs. Targetti Sankey, S.p.A., USDC, Central Dist.  8:14‐CV‐01285‐DOC‐JCG)

  • Successfully defended LA DWP in litigation arising out of its e-commerce supply chain management system and alleged copyright infringement (Office Future Systems v. LADWP; Sierra Systems, et al, LASC BC 589967)

  • Served as General Counsel for an internet media/marketing company during the pre-Anti-SPAM and privacy regulation era.  Successfully directed the legal and business efforts to adapt to industry changes while enhancing technology and consumer offerings.

  • Served as General Counsel and COO for a start-up online video gaming operation with a proprietary game controller product offering.  Negotiated hundreds of international software and video game licenses during the pre-launch phase.  Orchestrated the launch of the online operation and product offerings in China.


  • Represents the trademark portfolios of a variety of public agency or government entities for all purposes including prosecution, licensing and opposition/cancellation or related litigation.  Notably, Nossaman represents the famous “FasTrak” portfolio of toll system trademarks.

  • Represents significant fashion apparel and accessory brands in IP protection, finance, structure, manufacture, and distribution.  Responsible for many celebrity or “supermodel” brands distributed through mass market and/or electronic retailers.

  • Served as General Counsel for a multi-national consumer product/toy manufacturer managing significant litigation along with a portfolio of hundreds of patents.  Prosecuted, maintained, and protected several branded product lines.  Negotiated and maintained prominent and substantial entertainment/character brand licenses for manufacture.  Special awareness of China-based finance and manufacture issues, import/export, and counterfeiting issues.

  • Unfair Competition, Fraud, Trademark Infringement (complex coordination of claims and prosecution in US, EU and Switzerland) (Treehouse California Almonds, LLC v. Migros Collective; HG160161‐O, Switzerland, Commercial Court of the Canton of Zurich (companion actions consolidated in EU and US))


  • Represents a long list of talent including actors, musicians, authors, athletes, supermodels, designers, and personalities.  Thomas is a specialist in endorsement, advertising, and licensing agreements.

  • Represents significant producers with projects ranging from traditional film and television, to multi-media (internet, digital, mobile, etc.), to new technologies (3D, motion capture, AI, etc.).

  • Represents significant “celebrity” brand consumer product companies for intellectual property production, finance, structure, manufacture, and distribution.


Speaking Engagements


Community & Professional

Los Angeles County Bar Association

International Trademark Association, Famous and Well-Known Marks Subcommittee, US (2014-2016, 2016-2018 Terms)

Intellectual Property Owners Association, US Trademark Committee (2014-2015 Term)

International Association of Privacy Professionals

American Intellectual Property Law Association



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