Louis Tompros

Lecturer on Law

Fall 2018


Louis Tompros's practice focuses on patent, copyright and trademark matters at the trial and appellate levels. He has represented clients in patent disputes involving a variety of technologies, including smartphones, semiconductors, networking, alternative energy, DNA testing, pharmaceuticals, blood and bone marrow treatments, power converters, digital imaging, data encryption, video compression, hard drive testing, jet boat personal watercrafts and plastic storage devices. He has also represented clients in copyright infringement disputes, including visual artists, authors and publishers. He has also represented clients in trademark, trade dress, unfair competition, trade secret and design patent matters. His practice has encompassed all facets of litigation, including discovery, settlement, alternative dispute resolution, trials, injunction proceedings and appeals. His trial work includes bench and jury trials in federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including first-chair trial experience. His appellate experience includes multiple arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Pro bono representation is also an important part of Mr. Tompros's practice. He represents the creator of the Pepe the Frog character in his high-profile copyright enforcement actions against alt-right entities. Through the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, he represented an artist whose artwork had been damaged on loan to a museum, a disability rights author and advocate in a copyright dispute with her publisher, and a prominent literary journal in a copyright dispute with an electronic database service. He has also represented local Boston nonprofit organizations, including the Charlestown Nursery School and the Learning Project Elementary School. He has represented terminated employees in unemployment insurance claims and appeals, public housing tenants facing eviction, and public advocacy groups submitting amicusbriefs on criminal defense and privacy issues. Mr. Tompros also represented a group of gay and lesbian service members in one of the first challenges to the constitutionality of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, in association with the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

Mr. Tompros also serves as the chair of the Equal Justice Coalition of Massachusetts, a collaboration of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, and Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation committed to ensuring access to civil legal aid for low-income residents of Massachusetts.

Mr. Tompros has been a guest lecturer at the Harvard Law School on the topics of discovery and civil procedure, and at the Harvard Business School and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth on the topics of intellectual property, non-disclosure agreements, and non-competition agreements. He has delivered educational presentations on Supreme Court patent, copyright and trademark cases, patent damages in the standard-setting context, subject-matter patentability, the availability of permanent injunctions in patent infringement matters, the management of document collection and production, and the practical application of the attorney-client privilege. In 2011, Mr. Tompros coached the Harvard Law School team that won the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s national Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition.

Mr. Tompros received his B.A. in English from Yale University in 2000, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2003. While attending Harvard Law School, Mr. Tompros served as a research assistant to Professor Alan M. Dershowitz and Professor Charles R. Nesson. He was Supreme Court Chair of the Harvard Law Review and a member of the winning team in the Ames Moot Court Competition. Following law school, Mr. Tompros clerked for the Honorable Robert J. Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and for the Honorable Richard Linn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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