Thomas Sullivan, JD

Instructor, Accounting & Business Law

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Professor Sullivan teaches courses on Business Law and Intellectual Property Law and in the past has taught courses in Entrepreneurship related to creativity and innovation. In addition, he maintains an active legal practice and is a partner in an Intellectual Property Boutique Law Firm, where he takes an active role in management of the firm. In his role as an attorney, he advises technology clients on all aspects of intellectual property law. In his classroom, Professor Sullivan particularly enjoys discussing real world legal and business problems and solutions with his students.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Selected for Patent Prosecution and Strategic Counseling by IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2021
  • Selected for inclusion in 2021 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • Recipient of the Suffolk University Law School McDermott Alumni Award, 2017


Recent Intellectual Contributions

“Patent Specification Has Become Vital for Nonabstract Claims” Law 360, Thomas Sullivan and John Spangenberger, June 2020

“PTAB Judge Appointments Rules Unconstitutional by Federal Circuit,” General Counsel News, Eric Carnevale and Thomas Sullivan, November, 2019

Intellectual Contributions

Media Highlights

  • Quoted in “Law Firms not Feeling the Rush as They Contemplate Office Reopening Plans,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, June 12, 2020.
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Courses Taught

BLE214: Principles of Business Law
BLE323: Keeping Trade Secrets Secret Through IP

Degrees/Professional Certifications

  • JD, Suffolk University Law School
  • MBA, Southern New Hampshire University
  • BSEE, University of Massachusetts, Lowell