Troy Cole (T.J.) is a partner in the Litigation and Intellectual Property Group. He is a registered patent attorney with a broad-based intellectual property practice. T.J. assists clients with obtaining protection for their intellectual property by securing patents, trademarks and copyrights, as well as intellectual property licensing, enforcement and defense.
T.J. has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering as well as a minor in Theoretical and Applied Physics from Bradley University. He received his juris doctorate from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1994. Prior to law school, he gained over five years of technical experience as an electrical engineer, specializing in classified high frequency military electronics, at Texas Instruments, Inc.
T.J. has represented clients ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations in intellectual property categories including patent, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, trade name, domain name, cybersquatting, noncompete, and copyright matters. He also has extensive experience with negotiating settlements and license agreements in both U.S. and foreign jurisdictions.
T.J. routinely assists clients with the development of in-house intellectual property protection programs and recommends and implements protection strategies for core intellectual property assets. Through these programs and strategies, he provides clients with business planning to protect and enhance the value of their intellectual property.
He has worked with clients in a wide range of fields, a small sampling of which includes: scientific laboratory instruments, telecommunications, gas turbine engines, wireless technology, internet music and gaming, automotive (with significant concentration in the motorsports arena), and complex electronic systems fields. He also has significant patent experience in software and intellectual property relating to the internet.
T.J. is also an adjunct professor of Patent Law at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. He is a frequent lecturer on a wide variety of intellectual property topics and is a highly sought-after speaker for both internal corporate meetings and at attorney continuing education symposiums.
Away from the office, T.J. enjoys the exact opposite of his professional life, by spending time with his horses on his rural Indiana farm.