Thomas A. Rayski

Thomas A. Rayski Dechert intellectual property lawyer in New York

Thomas A. Rayski


New York | Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, United States of America 10036-6797
+1 212 698 3859 | +1 212 698 3599

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Thomas A. Rayski advises clients on intellectual property matters in a variety of industries, including life sciences, information technology, and financial services. He works with clients to structure and negotiate complex domestic and foreign transactions involving intellectual property and technology assets, including strategic collaborations, acquisitions, licenses, research and development arrangements, joint ventures, financings, and manufacturing and distribution agreements.

Mr. Rayski also advises clients on the protection, management, and enforcement of their patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, including in establishing and improving policies respecting the identification and development of intellectual property assets.

Mr. Rayski has advised clients in the life sciences industry in complex collaborations, development agreements, licenses and distribution and supply arrangements involving pharmaceutical compounds and medical devices. He has advised on a significant number of domestic and cross-border licensing and collaboration deals, including for Celgene Corporation, Biocon Limited, Moderna Therapeutics and Norgine. Recently, Mr. Rayski led the negotiations for a multinational gene therapy company in its exclusive license agreement with a leader in precision genetics medicines, for a late-stage gene therapy for the treatment of a rare inherited neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorder. 

Mr. Rayski also has counseled established and start-up companies in the financial services and information technology industries with respect to a diverse range of matters, including software development and licensing, electronic agreements, service agreements, data privacy, and digital identification. He recently assisted a major financial institution in establishing a digital identity product offering, which involved the analysis of complicated legal issues relating to electronic contracting and enforcement and the drafting and negotiation of a series of interconnected agreements between service providers and customers. He also has recently counseled a start-up software technology company in commercializing its technology, both domestically and overseas, through a series of licensing and service agreements.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Mr. Rayski worked as a systems engineer for Electronic Data Systems and was responsible for the development, implementation, and support of custom-developed computer systems for customers in the manufacturing industry.

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1992, High Honors, Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society)
  • Rutgers School of Law - Newark, J.D., 1999, High Honors, Order of the Coif, Research Editor of the Rutgers Law Review
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
Speaking Engagements
  • Managing Intellectual Property U.S. Patent Forum 2018, New York (March 13, 2018)

Partner Thomas Rayski speaks on a panel titled "Patent due diligence in M&A" that focuses on: Determining strategic value before the merger; Assessing
patent risk when merging portfolios; and Pooling resources in the right places.

Please visit the official event page to view the full agenda and list of speakers.   

  • Intellectual Property Issues in Financial Services Seminar: What's Hot? — Boston, MA (September 27, 2018) 
  • NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference 2017, Philadelphia, PA (September 9, 2017)

Partner Thomas Rayski gives a presentation titled BioBucks: CVRs, Milestones and CRE in Life Sciences Transactions.

For more details, please visit the official conference website.

  • Life Sciences Forum 2016 — Organized by Managing Intellectual Property, New York (September 14, 2016)

Dechert is pleased to sponsor the MIP Life Sciences Forum 2016.

Thomas A. Rayski speaks as a panelist at a session titled "IP and trade secrets in M&A and tech transfer".

To view more about the program of the event, click here.

  • 3rd Annual DELVACCA In-House Counsel Conference — Presented by the Delaware Valley Corporate Counsel Association with Sponsorship by Dechert, Philadelphia, PA (April 7, 2011)

Dechert presents during the fourth session for the Health, Biotech, and Pharma DELVACCA practice committee - “Personalized Medecine: A Legal Perspective”.