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Thomas T. Moga

290 Town Center Drive
Suite 400
Dearborn, Michigan 48126
Phone:  313.583.5956
Mobile Phone:  202.230.1012
Fax:  313.583.6966
815 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 620
Washington, District of Columbia 20006


Thomas T. Moga focuses his practice on intellectual property and international business transactions. His experience includes the development of domestic and foreign patent portfolios, the acquisition of registrations for trademarks and copyrights, licensing, litigation, and policy development. Mr. Moga is an experienced patent prosecutor in the mechanical, chemical, biochemical and pharmaceutical arts and has been qualified and has testified as an expert witness in patent disputes.

In addition to his wide array of intellectual property work, Mr. Moga manages patent enforcement and anti-counterfeiting actions in Asia, including overseeing initial counterfeit product investigation, selecting and working with local investigators, selecting and working with local counsel, preparing administrative and judicial documents, and participating in raids.

Mr. Moga has been involved in intellectual property training programs both at home and abroad. He was a Fulbright Scholar in China where he taught patent law at Jilin University and acted as a foreign advisor to China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO). Mr. Moga was a visiting foreign expert in law at Xiamen University, China, and worked as a foreign legal expert for a patent and trademark law office in Taipei, Taiwan.

He is currently serving as a member of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (ITAC 13), a trade advisory committee co-administered by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Additionally, Mr. Moga is a board member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Classes and Seminars Taught

Adjunct instructor for law school courses taught include Patent Law, Intellectual Property in Asia, Intellectual Property Treaties, and Biotechnology and Intellectual Property.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, MichBio U webinar: Intellectual Property and China, April 2019
  • Panelist, Sedona Conference on International Patent Litigation, Reston, VA, February 2018
  • Panelist on China, World Intellectual Property Forum, Dubai, UAE, January 2018
  • Speaker, “Overview of Intellectual Property in China - Creating and Managing IP Portfolios,” USPTO Intellectual Property in China Road Shows, Detroit and Grand Rapids, MI, Portland, OR, San Jose, CA, and Seattle, WA, Summer and Fall, 2017
  • Panelist, Patent Information Conference 2017, presented by the European Patent Office, Sofia, Bulgaria, November 2017
  • Presenting on recent decisions on US design patent law and practice at the SIPO/U.S. Bar Liaison Council's Patent Law Developments in China Symposium (US Patent & Trademark Office)
  • Presenting on patent developments in a session entitled "China as an IP Stakeholder: A New Normal?" at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Global IP Academy program, Everything You Want to Know About IP in China
  • Presenting on opportunities and challenges in licensing transactions at the China-U.S. Joint Seminar on Patent Licensing and Technology Transfer (Beijing, China)
  • Presenting on China's new Antimonopoly Law at the U.S. Ambassador's IPR Roundtable in Beijing and at a meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation organization (Beijing, China)
  • Presenting on counterfeiting in the pharmaceutical industry at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Supply Chain Integrity Seminar (Hong Kong)
  • Participating in joint U.S. Patent Office-China Patent Office programs discussing patent portfolio development in China (Hangzhou and Shenzhen, China)
  • Speaking on pharmaceutical patent issues at a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office training program titled Intellectual Property Issues in China – Exploring a Roadmap for the New Administration
  • Presenting on Chinese patent protection at the U.S. Department of Commerce's IP and Innovation Roundtable Discussion hosting the commissioner of the Chinese Patent Office
  • Moderating panel discussions on IP and technology transfer at the 2010 BIO India International Partnering Conference (Hyderabad, India)
  • Presented discussion on monetization of U.S. patents at the 4th Sajiang International Intellectual Property Conference ( Zhenjiang, China)
  • Moderating discussions on patent protections at the 2011 BIO China International Convention (Shanghai, China)
  • Presenting on Chinese and Indian patent law at 2006 European Patent Office program (Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Discussing the relationship between genetic resource recording and the World Trade Organization’s TRIPS Agreement at the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s 2011 Mid-Winter Institute
  • Serving as a speaker and panelist at a "U.S. & China Intellectual Property Law Seminar" sponsored by the University of Colorado Denver Business School and U.S. Commercial Service
  • Serving as a speaker and panelist at the "USPTO-SIPO-JPO-KIPO Roundtable on the Procurement and Enforcement of Utility Model and Design Patents" (Beijing, China)
  • Presenting a training session on global patent strategies at the European Space Agency (ESA) at its research and technology center, on behalf of the Association of European Science & Technology Transfer Professionals (Leiden, The Netherlands)
  • Participating in a roundtable hosted by the U.S.-China Business Council on "Patent Registration, Enforcement, and Innovation in China"
  • Presented a paper on design patents at the “Design Patents in the Modern World Conference,” Stanford Law School, Stanford University
  • Presenting at US Patent & Trademark Office “China IP Road Shows” (Seattle, Detroit, Los Angeles)

Published Works


  • Author, "Patent Practice and Policy in the Pacific Rim” (Thomson Reuters/Westlaw), a five-volume treatise on patent law and practice in Asia (first published in 1994)
  • Contributing author, “Defending Intellectual Property Rights Cases in China,” Inside the Minds series, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore, 2013
  • Author, "China’s Utility Model Patent System: Innovation Driver or Deterrent," U.S. Chamber of Commerce, November 2012
  • Author, “Obtaining and Enforcing Design Patents in China,” China Business Review, September/October 2010
  • Author, “China Amends its Patent Law,” China Business Review, March/April 2009
  • Author, “Changing China’s Patent Regime,” China Business Review, March/April 2007
  • Author, “How to Counter Industrial Counterfeiting,” Professional Boat Builder, 134 – 140, October/November 2006
  • Author, “China and the TRIPS Agreement of the WTO,” National Law Journal, 2001
  • Author, year-long series of articles on current developments in Asian IP titled “A View from Over the Wall,” Intellectual Property Today, 1997
  • Author, “The Patenting of Transgenic Animals (or the Patented Mouse that Roared),” Journal of the Patent & Trademark Office Society, 1994
  • Author, “Recent Intellectual Property Developments in Japan, Taiwan and China,” University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, 313 – 326, Winter 1993
  • Author, “China’s Patent Law Considered and Compared,” University of Detroit Law Review, 335 – 450, Spring 1987
  • Author, “Making Foreign Things Serve China: A Western Licensor’s Guide to the Chinese Market,” Saint Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 28, No. 3, 771 - 812, 1984


  • White House Office of Trade & Manufacturing Policy Report: “How China’s Economic Aggression Threatens the Technologies and Intellectual Property of the United States and the World." 2018
  • 2015 Report to Congress of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, November 2015
  • Written Comments to the Office of the United States Trade Representative in Response to Federal Register Notice Regarding 2014 Special 301 Review: Identification of Countries under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974, Semiconductor Industry, February 7, 2014
  • The World Trade Organization – Law, Practice, and Policy, Oxford University Press, Third Edition, 2015
  • “Collaborative Innovation and Economic Growth: A Comment on China’s Innovation Policies,” Cardozo Law Review, 2013
  • China’s Innovation Challenge: Overcoming the Middle-Income Trap, edited by Arie Y. Lewin et al., Cambridge University Press
  • Patents and Innovation in China and Hong Kong: Two Systems in One Country, edited by Yahong Li, Cambridge University Press
  • “China: Effects of Intellectual Property Infringement and Indigenous Innovation Policies on the US Economy,” IP Commission Report, Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, U.S. International Trade Commission, May 2011
  • “General Motors v. Chery: A Judicial Lesson for Foreign Operators in China,” Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal, 2007 – 2009
  • Assessing the Economic Implications of Different Models for Implementing the Requirement to Protect Plant Varieties,” Queen Mary University of London Press, November 2006
  • “Kellogg on China: Strategies for Success,” Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University Press, 2004
  • “Beyond Tiananmen: The Politics of US-China Relations, 1989 – 2000” (Robert Suettinger), Brookings Institution Press, 2003
  • Factum of the Interveners, The Commissioner of Patents vs. The President and Fellows of Harvard College et al., Supreme Court of Canada, Court File No. 28155, 2001


  • “China Cracks Down on Online Patent Infringement,” Bloomberg BNA’s World Intellectual Property Report, June 10, 2014
  • “China’s Absorptive State – Research, Innovation and the Prospects for China-UK Collaboration,” NESTA, October 2013
  • “China Goes ‘Local’ on US Firms’ Units,” Investor’s Business Daily, July 2, 2012
  • “Case of Clean-Tech Theft Simmers in Washington Ahead of China Talks,” Environment & Energy Publishing, January 27, 2012
  • “House Takes Different Stance from Senate on Two Key Factors in Patent Reform,” Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, April 10, 2011
  • “Piracy Remains Rampant After China Joined WTO,” WSJ on-line, December 11, 2002
  • “Tougher Criminal Penalties, Greater Diligence Needed after WTO Entry, Warns US Delegation,” South China Morning Post, March 14, 2001

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Detroit, Michigan
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon, Washington, D.C.
  • Butzel Long, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • Powell Goldstein, Washington, D.C.
  • Harness Dickey, Troy, Michigan
  • Gifford Krass Sprinkle Anderson & Citkowski, Troy, Michigan

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (ITAC 13), a trade advisory committee co-administered by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (February 2018 – present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Intellectual Property Law Association (November 2015 – present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Fulbright Association (January 2014 – 2017)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Fulbright Academy (January 2012 – December 2013)
  • Reviewer, English-language version of the Commissioner’s Annual Report, State Intellectual Property Office, China, 2008 – 2012


  • Recognized by Global Law Experts as the Anti-Counterfeiting Law - Lawyer of the Year in Michigan - 2019
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Patent, Patent Law, 2010 – 2019
  • Named by The Best Lawyers in America as Litigation – Patent Lawyer of the Year, Detroit, Mich., 2018
  • Named by Law & Politics magazine as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property, 2013 – 2016
  • Listed in Legal Media Group’s Guide to Leading Practitioners: China, 2011 and 2012
  • Recognized in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in Intellectual Property Law
  • Patentee, U.S. Patent No. 6,552,191, for “Self-Adjusting Water Pressure Responsive Diver’s Weight Belt Assembly”
  • Recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as a “Top 40 Under 40” in its Class of 1996

Related Industries


  • B.S., Biochemistry, cum laude, Madonna University, 1994
  • J.D., St. Louis University School of Law, 1983
  • M.A., English Language & Literature, University of Michigan, 1980
  • B.A., English Language & Literature and Political Studies (China concentration) (double major), University of Michigan, 1978

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office