Thomas A. Froats

Thomas A. Froats


Alexandria, VA

How Thomas Helps Clients

Thomas Froats has drafted over 400 original patent applications for a variety of clients ranging from large, international corporations to solo inventors. He has written applications for several different industries and technologies, including magnetic resonance imaging systems, graphical user interfaces, smart grid networks, and compliance software and testing, with a focus on payment systems and cryptographic transactions. In addition to drafting applications, he also has significant experience in all phases of prosecution, including prosecuting several inventions from the application drafting process all the way through to issuance.

What Clients Can Expect

Thomas excels at being an efficient and pragmatic advocate, returning work product that meets, and often exceeds, client expectations ahead of schedule and well within any client deadlines. Even when the unforeseen arises, such as an outside meeting being scheduled on a new invention with only a single day’s notice, Thomas has been known to draft a complete patent application, work with inventors on reviewing the draft, and have it polished and filed before the meeting takes place. He brings this energy and efficiency to all matters he works on, with the goal of exceeding clients’ expectations on any matter that is sent his way.

Outside the Office

Thomas is an avid runner, running every single day of the year regardless of the weather, as well as an avid traveler and college basketball fanatic. He has been known to travel far and wide to watch his Wildcats play, still getting his daily run in when he goes, and considers March Madness to be the true most wonderful time of the year.

A good advocate should not only know how to draft a patent application quickly but also how to do so while minimizing time on the inventors and counsel; they ask for your time, so do your best to save theirs.

Proof Points

  • Drafted over 400 original patent applications across a variety of technologies and industries for a wide assortment of clients in both size and experience
  • Has significant experience in taking an invention through all stages of prosecution, from conducting inventor interviews, drafting and refining patent applications, working with counsel on finalizing applications, drafting amendments and responses to the Patent Office, conducting interviews with Examiners, drafting appeal briefs, and securing issued patents.
  • Is experienced in both U.S. and foreign prosecution, having drafted and prosecuted applications that have resulted in dozens of issued patents in the U.S., as well as other countries, including working with foreign counsel to provide guidance and instruction in foreign prosecution of applications originating in the U.S.