Thomas M. Bonacci represents and counsels clients in all areas of U.S. patent and trademark practice. In close collaboration with inventors and technology interests, Mr. Bonacci has drafted and successfully prosecuted a great many patent applications which have now been issued as United States patents. Mr. Bonacci represents clients in the electronic, information science, telecommunication, software, e-commerce, and telephony industries, among others.

Prior to commencing practice as a patent attorney, Mr. Bonacci held positions in the computer, information, and data communications industries. Mr. Bonacci served as a senior software engineer and computer scientist for Ascend Communications and for Lucent Technologies/Bell Laboratories. Today, Mr. Bonacci employs his high-tech knowledge and experience while representing his clients in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and international patent and trademark applications. Over the years, Mr. Bonacci has received numerous awards for his work in both the technology and legal fields.


  • U.S. and International Protection of Intellectual Property
  • U.S. and International Patent Prosecution
  • U.S. and International Trademark Prosecution
  • Employment Agreements & Invention Ownership
  • Non-Competition Covenants
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements


  • J.D., Order of the Coif, summa cum laude, S. J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, 2006
  • B.S., Mathematics, University of Utah


  • Utah State Bar
  • Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • American Bar Association
  • Utah Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah


  • Order of the Coif
  • William H. Leary Scholar
  • Staff Editor, Utah Law Review
  • ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition, 1st place
  • Outstanding Achievement Award for Contract Law
  • Outstanding Achievement Award for Constitutional Law
  • Outstanding Achievement Award for Patent Law
  • Outstanding Achievement Award for Judicial Process
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Property Law
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Copyright Law
  • 2005 Traynor Moot Court Competition semi-finalist

Community Involvement

Community Involvement
  • Representative, Salt Lake City District 5, Salt Lake City Transportation Master Plan Committee
  • President, The Utah Nordic Alliance
  • Past Chairman, Yalecrest Community Counsel


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)



Thomas M. Bonacci, The Utah Water Conservancy Act Does Not Confer Statutory Standing upon a Water Conservancy District to Press Forfeiture Claims or to Appeal an Administrative Decision of the State Engineer, 1 Utah L. Rev. 334 (2005).

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