Tom Schaumberg

Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP

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Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP


Tom M. Schaumberg has more than 30 years of experience before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). He has handled more than 65 Section 337 investigations, has counseled and represented clients on licensing and trade policy issues, has conducted intellectual property litigation in the federal courts, and has engaged in international arbitration. Currently, Mr. Schaumberg is a partner with Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, LLP, an international trade law firm based in Washington, D.C., with one of the largest and top-ranked Section 337 practices in the United States. He and his firm have received recognition from publications such as Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Legal 500, IP Law & Business, Managing Intellectual Property, and SuperLawyers. A longtime advocate of the importance of Section 337 as an effective border enforcement mechanism against unfair import competition, Mr. Schaumberg has been a pioneer in various trade bar groups and associations with an interest in the statute. In 1984 he helped found the ITC Trial Lawyers Association, was its first president, and continues to participate on its executive committee. As an active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, he was asked to establish and chair the Committee on the International Trade Commission in 2007. Mr. Schaumberg also helped to establish and served on the ITC Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association and, from 2004 to 2006, served as the committee's first vice chair. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Law Sections of both the District of Columbia Bar and the American Bar Association, as well as a member of the Federal Circuit Bar Association. Mr. Schaumberg has long been involved in shaping policies that have an impact on Section 337. Currently he is working on issues that have arisen under Section 337 with respect to non-practicing entities and standard-setting organizations. Mr. Schaumberg also spent time developing ideas with an ad hoc committee of interested corporations and organizations to address the 1988 General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade Panel Report objecting to certain aspects of Section 337. These efforts contributed to the 1995 amendments to Section 337 establishing target dates, providing for district court stays, removing counterclaims to district court, and codifying commission practice with respect to general exclusion orders. Mr. Schaumberg was born in Amsterdam, Holland. He studied for one year each at the University of Paris, France, and the University of Frankfurt, Germany, and he received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his LLB from Harvard Law School. He is proficient in German, French, and Dutch. Mr. Schaumberg's international background, as well as his experience in antitrust, business, and administrative law, has enabled him to represent both domestic and foreign clients effectively in connection with international trade issues. Mr. Schaumberg has lectured extensively before bar groups on international trade law and has published numerous articles on Section 337 practice. He was selected by the U.S. Trade Representative to serve on the bi-national panels convened under the United States'Canada Free-Trade Agreement to provide review of antidumping and countervailing duty decisions. Prior to beginning his career as a Section 337 practitioner, Mr. Schaumberg was active as a business lawyer. He began his career as an attorney in the Merger Division, Bureau of Restraint of Trade, at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Mr. Schaumberg is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he had the privilege of arguing one of the first Freedom of Information Act cases; the U.S. Court of International Trade; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. October 2012


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