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Practice Areas

Intellectual Property


Thomas Richards is a partner at Singh, Singh & Trauben LLP. Thomas is an experienced litigator who handles complex commercial and intellectual property disputes regarding motion pictures, television, music and technology including international disputes in these areas that have implicated the laws of the European Union, the U.K., China, Japan, Singapore and Australia. On the motion picture side, Thomas has handled numerous disputes on behalf of financiers, producers, writers and creators of motion pictures, including in the area of idea submission “Desny” claims and the infringement of motion picture and television copyrights. Thomas recently won a lengthy appeal in a major idea submission case (that appellate decision can be found here). Thomas has successfully handled numerous IFTA arbitrations, including taking IFTA arbitrations through full hearings and final awards, and the confirmation of the same. On the music side, Thomas has handled disputes involving artist and talent agreements, collection of publishing and royalties, and disputes with managers and agents including Labor Commissioner hearings and other disputes related to Talent Agency Acts. On the technology side, Thomas has handled copyright, trademark and trade secret claims for some of the World’s largest financial institutions and technology companies and obtained and opposed a number of TROs and injunctions on behalf of leading software corporations and financial institutions.

Thomas is also an experienced transactional attorney who advises producers of motion pictures and television series, as well as clients in fashion, fine art, photography and media. Thomas specializes in structuring the financing of independently financed motion pictures, serves as production counsel for motion pictures and provides services for the development and packaging of television series. Thomas also represents technology companies in connection with their intellectual property and licensing needs and handles the branding and trademark issues unique to Cannabis and CBD companies. Thomas has handled numerous Trademark filings and office actions in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Thomas obtained his J.D. from Fordham University Law School in 2001, and lived and worked in New York City until 2017.  He is admitted to practice in New York and California.



California & New York


Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Central District of California, Eastern District of California and Northern District of California.



Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY., J.D.

Editor for the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal.


George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, B.A.


Thinking Thresholds, Intellectual Property Magazine (November 2016)

Thinking Thresholds

When First Place Is Still Not Good Enough -- Understanding The Exceptions to the First-Filed Rule, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (December 2013)

Building a Better Dispute Resolution Provision, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, co-authored with Joshua Leader (May 2008)

The Future of Dilution After Victoria’s Secret, Promotion Marketing Association’s 2003 Law and Forms Guide (3rd Ed.), (with Barry Werbin).

Proving Secondary Meaning in a Post Wal-Mart Product Configuration World, IP Litigator, June/July 2001, co-authored with Barry Werbin, vol.7, no.6, p.1-7.

The Internet and Decisional Institutions: The Structural Advantages of Online Common Law Regulation, Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal, Spring 2000, Vol. X, no. 3.