MSU College of Law

Tom Ferris

Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
tjferris49@gmail.com

Tom Ferris taught high school Theatre and Language Arts classes in the Lansing Public schools for 17 years. He then joined the Michigan Education Association as a UniServ Director advocating for education employees in labor negotiations, contract disputes and implementation of employee protections in the workplace. He has been active in community theatre since grade school, and is one of the founders of Riverwalk Theatre in downtown Lansing. He has won numerous awards for his acting, directing and tech designs. Professor Ferris teaches Theatrical Skills in the Trial Practice Institute.

B.A. 1971, Michigan State University; M.A. 1974, Michigan State University

  • Advanced Patent Law
    (Formerly DCL 430) This seminar course analyzes advanced patent practice including litigation, prosecution before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, opinion preparation and recently developing topics. A research paper is required. No technical degree is necessary.
  • Intellectual Property Practicum
    This class will revolve around the skills that young intellectual property attorneys are often forced to learn on the job while in practice as taught by practicing attorneys. Classes may involve lecture or class exercises as the topic dictates. The focus of the practicum will vary depending on practicing attorney availability. Assignments will encompass many types of topic-appropriate readings, including cases, practitioner guides, and CLE materials. Students are recommended to have taken either Patent Law, Intellectual Property Survey, or Patent Application Drafting.