Thomas J. Connelly

Retired Attorney

Thomas J. Connelly

Location: Appleton

T: 920.431.2231

F: 920.431.2271

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Assistant: Lisa Scheffler

T: 920.750.5047


  • L.L.M., Masters of Law Degree, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
  • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence, Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts
  • MBA, Masters in Business Administration, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York


Tom is a Patent Attorney and member of Davis|Kuelthau’s Intellectual Property team in the Appleton Office. With 40 years of experience, he has drafted and prosecuted numerous patent applications dealing with various mechanical devices, and has handled numerous trademark and copyright matters. His experience includes both U.S. and foreign patent applications in the mechanical, fiber, and chemical arts.

Tom has also handled several European Opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office in Munich, Germany. He has drafted non-infringement opinions, various agreements, including licensing agreements. His technical experience includes absorbent products, chemical compositions, business method patents, packaging products, engine, and large tractor machinery, transmissions, and oil refinery and petroleum processes. Additionally, he has drafted confidentiality agreements, purchase agreements, consulting agreements, and non-infringement opinions, and helped out on a patent litigation and antitrust lawsuit in Federal Court.

Tom started his patent law career with the Standard Oil Company of Indiana (Amoco), which has since merged with British Petroleum (BP). He then transitioned into various IP counsel positions at Deere & Company, Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), and Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Thereafter, Tom has been employed by Wilhelm Law which later changed its name to Northwind IP Law.

Notable Representations

Tom successfully defended a client in a trademark infringement action and has represented another client as the plaintiff in a trademark action.


Professional Activities

Admitted, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Admitted, State Bar of Wisconsin

Admitted, State Bar of Illinois

Admitted, State Bar of New York

Admitted, State Bar of Pennsylvania

Admitted, U.S. Supreme Court

Admitted, Eastern District Court of Wisconsin

Northern District Court of Illinois

Northern District Court of Indiana

Member, Wisconsin Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association

Member, ABA Intellectual Property Law Association Member

Member, Wisconsin Patent Law Association Member

Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association Member