J. Thomas McCarthy - Morrison & Foerster LLP

J. Thomas McCarthy

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 415-268-7239

J. Thomas McCarthy is a nationally renowned authority on trademarks and unfair competition and on the rights of publicity. He is a Senior Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and founding director of the McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property & Technology Law.

Mr. McCarthy is the author of the well-known seven-volume treatise, McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition (published by Thomson-Reuters-West), which has been relied upon as authority in over 3,500 judicial opinions. He is also the author of the two-volume treatise The Rights of Publicity and Privacy (Second edition, 2000), and McCarthy's Desk Encyclopedia of Intellectual Property (Third edition, 2004). Who's Who Legal named Mr. McCarthy its 2005 global Trademarks Lawyer of the Year, as determined through peer nominations and interviews. In addition, Mr. McCarthy is listed in Best Lawyers in America (2014) as a leader in the fields of Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law. In 2012, Mr. McCarthy was inducted into Intellectual Asset Management's IP Hall of Fame.

Mr. McCarthy began his legal career in the Offices of Julian Caplan in San Francisco in 1963, joining the faculty at the University of San Francisco School of Law three years later. He was Of Counsel at Townsend & Townsend from 1974 to 1983. In 1983 he joined Limbach & Limbach as Of Counsel consultant and remained until the closure of that firm in December 2000. He joined Morrison & Foerster in January 2001.

Additional Information

Court Admissions
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
University of Michigan Law School J.D. University of Detroit Mercy BS

Office Location

425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2482
United States

Practice Areas

Information Technology Law
Litigation - Intellectual Property