Thomas C. Carey

Top rated Technology Transactions attorney in Boston, Massachusetts

Sunstein LLP
Thomas C. Carey
Sunstein LLP

Practice Areas: Technology Transactions, Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions view more

Licensed in Massachusetts since: 1981

Education: University at Buffalo Law School - SUNY

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004, 2006, 2019 - 2023
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Sunstein LLP

100 High Street
Boston, MA 02110 Phone: 617-443-9292 Email: Thomas C. Carey Visit website


Tom has over 30 years of experience as a business lawyer, more than half of which has been spent in the context of an intellectual property firm.  Tom's prior experience includes computer programming and city planning.  He has represented private and public companies in transactional work, securities filings, tax compliance, privacy matters including GDPR compliance, public hearings, employment matters, and capital-raising.    

Practice areas

Technology Transactions, Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Corporate Finance

First Admitted: 1979, New York

Professional Webpage:

  • Qualcomm has developed a patent licensing strategy that seems to be at odds with its commitment to license standards-essential patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.  The Federal Trade Commission sued Qualcomm for antitrust violations.  The Department of Justice took the position that Qualcomm's practices did not violate the antitrust laws.  The FTC's victory at the trial court level was reversed on appeal. , No License, No Chips: Qualcomm's Controversial Licensing Strategy is Not an Antitrust Vioaltion, Semiconductors, Telecom, Automotive, Computer Hardware, Cellphones
  • Until recently, many supposed that the Telephone Communications Privacy Act forbade the sending on unsolicited text messages to cell phones.  That was the position of the Federal Communications Commission. The Supreme Court disagreed. , Privacy in the Cellphone Era: The Supreme Court Opens the Door to Automated Text Messages, Advertising
  • New rules have been adopted regarding the manner in which non-EU recipients of personal information about EU citizens can comply with EU privacy laws, including the GDPR.  While some aspects of the rules are  step forward, they impose new requirements, some of which are daunting and others of which may be impossible to meet., The EU's New Privacy Rules: The Promise and Perils for US Data Processors, Cloud Computing; Social Medial; IT Service Providers To Multinational Corporations
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified by IAPP in EU privacy law., 2020
  • Assisted a secured lender in taking over control of a substantial patent and trademark portfolio, including obtaining assignments from inventors that the borrower had neglected to obtain.   Advised a client that was approached by a Fortune 10 company seeking to acquire its trademarks, leading to successful transaction and re-branding. Assisted a UK company regarding a data breach in which personal information of US citizens had been compromised. Advised numerous companies in connection with patent licenses and IP issues in M&A transactions., 2021
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member, Board of Directors, Yale Club of Boston, 2022
Industry Groups:
  • Electronics
  • Manufacturing
  • Software

Office location for Thomas C. Carey

100 High Street
Boston, MA 02110


7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004, 2006, 2019 - 2023

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