William E. Thomson was elected in November 2007 to represent Area 4 of the Pasadena Area Community College District, which covers most of Pasadena.
Thomson has an exceptional background as an Intellectual Property litigation attorney, and as a civic leader. Currently a partner with the Intellectual Property firm of Brooks Kushman in its Los Angeles office, Thomson’s litigation career includes significant representation of Asian-and-European based clients, in addition to United States ‘clients. He has litigated a broad spectrum of complex patent and other intellectual property cases, particularly pharmaceutical, biotech, chemical, and computer technology matters. Thomson currently represents the University of Southern California on patent matters and counsels clients on patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and licensing matters. He is also a frequent lecturer on intellectual property issues.
Thomson has a distinguished record of civic leadership, having served as the Mayor of Pasadena (1988 to 1990), as a Pasadena City councilmember (1981-1997), and as the chair and a member of the Rose Bowl Operating Company and the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. He led Pasadena’s successful efforts to secure major events for the Rose Bowl, including the 1984 Olympics, the 1987 and 1993 Super Bowls, and the 1994 World Cup. As President of the League of California Cities Los Angeles County Division, he earned respect throughout California on regional transportation and other issues.
Trustee Thomson is a member of the American Bar Association, the California State Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Los Angeles Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, and the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts in California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Thomson earned a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Bucknell University.