Team Members

Tom Tyson has been an intellectual property law attorney specializing in computer technology for more than 28 years. He has been in private practice since 2006 when he retired from IBM after 20 years. Prior to IBM, Tom worked in both private practice and at Texas Instruments, Inc. He also has 12 years experience as an engineer working for the US Air Force. Tom received his law degree from the University of Dayton where he also received a master's degree in electrical engineering. He received his undergraduate degree in engineering from North Carolina State University.

Doug Lefeve is an Intellectual Property attorney. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and Mississippi and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Doug began his law career with IBM in Washington, D.C., thereafter transferring to Austin, Texas to represent IBM clients in its development labs there. In that work he prepared and prosecuted patent applications for inventions made in IBM. His work later specialized in licensing IBM’s patents to other companies. He also provided in-house legal support for numerous patent litigations that were associated with the patent licensing. Since leaving IBM in 2007, Doug continues to provide intellectual property counseling for patent licensing, acquisition, divestiture, reselling and other matters.

Dan McConnell has worked in the field of Intellectual Property Law for forty eight years, including five years in Washington DC, seventeen years in a North Carolina Intellectual Property law firm, eight years as a solo practitioner representing individuals and corporations in invention identification and protection and trials and appeals before the Federal courts, fifteen years with IBM and now three years as, once again, a solo practitioner. Educated at Duke University and George Washington University, he is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, North Carolina, Florida, the United States Courts in North Carolina, The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.