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Nossaman LLP

Thomas Dover


T 213.612.7879
F 213.612.7801
777 South Figueroa Street, 34th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Mr. Dover provides cutting-edge legal strategies focused in the areas of intellectual property, corporate transactions, and advertising.  He provides licensing representation and intellectual property protection, both in the U.S. and internationally.  He earned his LL.M. in a pioneering program for Media and Entertainment Law, and is the Chair of Nossaman's Intellectual Property and Media Practice Group.

He has extensive experience with new technologies and was among the first attorneys pioneering the direct licensing and distribution of music and entertainment content via the internet and mobile platforms.  He represents government and public agencies, internet/digital platform distributors, and content developers on transactional and litigation matters.

Mr. Dover lectures widely on industry topics and serves as Adjunct Professor of Law at a Southern California law school.

Representative Work

Software, Internet/Media and Privacy/Data Security

  • Represents an oil and gas production company in a critical copyright infringement and data security action involving a former IT contractor refusing to provide and return password and other access control information for critical equipment and systems.  Successfully prepared and argued a Preliminary Injunction including claims based on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Cal. Data Abuse and Fraud Act, and the Stored Communications Act.
  • Represents a wide variety of government agencies, public concerns and public-private partnerships (P3) for transactional, licensing and IP prosecution concerns regarding software, hardware and firmware issues generated by toll roads, automated toll collection, security systems and related data collection/security.  Representative clients include:
    • California High Speed Rail Authority
    • Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA,
    • Indiana Consolidated Justice Facility (a revolutionary correctional facility under a P3 agreement).
    • Nevada Dept of Transportation Project Neon
    • Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (all-digital automated parking structures)
  • Represents a 2nd-screen streaming content provider including ad-revenue issues, vendor and 3rd party data collection under new CA Online Privacy Protection Act “Do Not Track” and CA Song-Beverly Credit Card Act regulations.  Successfully addressed a MA State inquiry regarding so-called “cloud” storage of content and security of user personal identifying information (PII) as well as adoption of a Privacy by Design policy.
  • Represented a significant German video game developer in the termination (and later litigation) of a publishing agreement and the successful negotiation of an international publishing and marketing agreement for video game exploitation; online and platform distribution.  Provided critical services regarding key software licensing and the collection of user data and compliance with US, CA-specific and EU then-current Directive 94/46/EC and proposed General Data Protection Regulation.
  • Represents significant multi-media content producers with focused distribution for internet, digital, mobile, and so-called "outdoor display"-specific mediums including all variety of software and website development and licensing agreements, consumer data collection, cookies and anonymized geographical trackers.
  • Served as General Counsel for a pioneer internet media/marketing company during the pre-Anti-SPAM and privacy regulation era.  Successfully directed the legal and business efforts to adapt to industry changes while enhancing technology and consumer offerings.
  • Served as General Counsel and COO for a start-up online video gaming operation with a proprietary game controller product offering.  Negotiated hundreds of international software and video game licenses during the pre-launch phase.  Orchestrated the launch of the online operation and product offerings in China.

Trademark and Branding

  • Represents the trademark portfolios of a variety of public agency or government entities including Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) and the San Francisco Bay Ferry (WETA) for all purposes including prosecution, licensing and opposition/cancellation or related litigation.
  • Represents an industrial training and educational institution for all intellectual property purposes including a broad trademark, copyright and patent portfolio as well as infringement claims against an industry “copy-cat.”
  • Represents significant fashion apparel and accessory brands in IP protection, finance, structure, manufacture, and distribution.  Responsible for many celebrity or "supermodel" brands distributed through mass market and/or electronic retailers.
  • Served as General Counsel for a multi-national consumer product/toy manufacturer managing significant litigation along with a portfolio of hundreds of patents.  Prosecuted, maintained, and protected several branded product lines.  Negotiated and maintained prominent and substantial entertainment/character brand licenses for manufacture.  Special awareness of China-based finance and manufacture issues, import/export, and counterfeiting issues.
  • Represents a long list of talent including actors, musicians, authors, athletes, supermodels, designers, and personalities.  Mr. Dover is a specialist in endorsement, advertising, and licensing agreements.
  • Represents significant content producers with projects ranging from traditional film and television, to multi-media (internet, digital, mobile, etc.), to new technologies (3D, motion capture, AI, etc.).
  • Represents significant "celebrity" brand consumer product companies for intellectual property production, finance, structure, manufacture, and distribution.
Thomas  Dover
Thomas  Dover



LL.M., Southwestern University School of Law, 2006

J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 1993

B.A., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 1989



United States District Court, Central District of California

United States District Court, Eastern District of California

United States District Court, Southern District of California

Professional Affiliations

Los Angeles County Bar Association

International Trademark Association
       Famous and Well-Known Marks
       Subcommittee, US (2014 - 2017 

Intellectual Property Owners Association
     US Trademark Committee (2014-2015 

International Association of Privacy Professionals

American Intellectual Property Law Association

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