Thomas G. Field, Jr.
Visiting Professor Emeritus
Before helping launch Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1973, Professor Field examined patents (alkene polymers). He also taught and practiced briefly in Ohio.
Professor Field’s primary curricular responsibilities include Administrative Process (emphasis on IP and technological regulation) and Fundamentals of IP (for first year and other students lacking IP backgrounds). He is also a faculty advisor to the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s premier IP journal, IDEA.
Field is admitted to several bars but is active outside UNH School of Law only as a consultant, expert witness or third party neutral. Yet, during four years as a consumer-advocate-arbitrator, he helped resolve more than 150 Chrysler warranty disputes. He has also arbitrated and mediated disputes under the aegis of the American Arbitration Association and the New Hampshire Public Employee Labor Relations Board.
As amicus curiae, Field supported the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the landmark Zurko case before both the Federal Circuit and, with two other professors, the U.S. Supreme Court (where the PTO ultimately won 6-3).
More than 150,000 of Field’s IP booklets for nonlawyers were distributed before the advent of the web; now such information is more readily kept current and more frequently consulted online in his pages on IP Basics.
Prof. Field has also created guides for students interested in pursuing a career in intellectual property. See both his “Advice on IP careers for those with technical backgrounds” and his “Advice on IP careers for those without technical backgrounds.”