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Top U.S. Patent Attorney and Strategist, Tom Scott, Joins Personalized Media Communications Management Team

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Personalized Media Communications, LLC (“PMC”), which owns and manages a portfolio of fundamental patents covering the inventions of John C. Harvey, has announced that Thomas J. Scott, Jr., one of the leading patent attorneys in the U.S. has joined the company as General Counsel.

“Tom is one of the most successful patent strategists in the country and we are delighted to be able to land him,” said Gerald T. Holtzman, President of Personalized Media Communications. “Tom has been involved with the PMC patents for over thirty years and has headed the IP practices at Goodwin Procter and Hunton & Williams. He’s counseled dozens of the United States’ most innovative companies. We look forward to Tom’s full-time support as a member of the PMC management team.”

“I have worked closely with John Harvey on his ground breaking inventions for over thirty years,” said Mr. Scott regarding his new position as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of PMC. “I recognized when John and his co-inventor, Jim Cuddihy, disclosed them to me that these developments could be the basis for a technological revolution. John and Jim’s methodology of deploying control signals through a communications network to control devices tied to that network was very forward thinking at the time and proved to the basis for modern communications connectivity.”

John C. Harvey, PMC’s Chairman commented: “Tom’s vast experience in patent prosecution, litigation, appellate practice and technology licensing will enable PMC to expand its reach and effectiveness.”

Mr. Scott has tried thirty-eight patent infringement cases to judgment, at least seven before juries. Mr. Scott has argued more than thirty appeals to the Federal Circuit and its predecessor courts of appeal. He also has had an extensive practice before the Patent and Trademark Office, arguing more than fifty appellate matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and is predecessor bodies. Mr. Scott is a member of the Virginia, District of Columbia and New York Bars. He is registered to practice in Patent Cases before the US Patent and Trademark Office. In the last twelve years, Mr. Scott has tried five patent infringement cases in the Eastern District of Virginia, three of them before juries.

Prior to joining Goodwin Procter in 2007, Mr. Scott was a partner and head of the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Hunton & Williams LLP. Before that, he was a partner at Howrey & Simon and at Pennie & Edmonds. Earlier in his career he served with the Department of Justice (DOJ) as a trial lawyer for over ten years. Mr. Scott was Naval Aviator, retiring from the Naval Reserve as a Captain in 1989. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross among other decorations for his service. Mr. Scott has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and the Washington Magazine’s and Washington Post’s Super Lawyer’s list.

He holds a J.D. with honors from the Vanderbilt University Law School, and holds both a B.A. and B.S. (Electrical Engineering) from Yale University.

About Personalized Media Communications

Personalized Media Communications owns a fundamental intellectual property portfolio developed over thirty years by its chief inventor and founder John C. Harvey. The patents cover the use of control and information signals embedded in electronic media content to generate output for display.

All 74 of the company’s active patents have either 1981 or 1987 priority dates as a result of patent office delays in re-examining them. They will not begin to expire until 2027. PMC’s inventions are platform agnostic. They can be delivered via the Internet, intranet, cellular wireless or cable/satellite networks, and run on PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, set-top boxes, televisions, game consoles, and other electronic-media delivery systems. Licensees include Cisco Systems, Motorola Mobility, Panasonic, Sony and Zynga. For more information visit

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