Antoinette (Toni) Tease
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Ms. Tease is a patent and trademark attorney in Billings, Montana. She helps inventors and business owners protect their intellectual property.


Current Position

Principal/Attorney

Antoinette M. Tease, P.L.L.C.

City

Billings, Montana

County

Yellowstone

Specialty Areas
  • Law
Skills

Intellectual property and technology law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and technology-related agreements and representation


More Information:

Leadership Experience

Antoinette (Toni) Tease is a registered patent attorney who practices in the areas of intellectual property and technology law. Before forming her own law firm in 2003, Ms. Tease was General Counsel for Rocky Mountain Technology Group, Inc., a software development company with its worldwide headquarters in Billings, Montana. From 1995 to 2001, Ms. Tease was a member of the law firm of Crowley, Haughey, Hanson, Toole & Deitrich, P.L.L.P., the region’s largest law firm, where she represented clients in both high-tech and traditional industries in intellectual property matters. While at Crowley, Ms. Tease was a partner and Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group. Before moving to Montana in 1995, Ms. Tease practiced with the law firms of Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C., and Shearman & Sterling in New York City. After graduation from law school in 1990, Ms. Tease clerked for United States District Judge David A. Ezra in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ms. Tease attended law school at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she was a Notes and Comments Editor for the Connecticut Law Review, and where she graduated with High Honors in the top 3% of her class. Ms. Tease obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, where she majored in Economics.

Ms. Tease was an active member of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law for over a decade. Her last leadership position with the ABA was as the Assistant Financial Officer for the Section. From 2007 to 2012, she served as a member of Council, the governing body of the ABA-IPL Section. She also served as Publications Officer and Chair of the Content Advisory Board from 2010 to 2012 and Vice Chair of the Content Advisory Board from 2007 to 2010. As Publications Officer, Ms. Tease was responsible for overseeing all of the Section’s publications, including the Landslide magazine, the Annual Review, and all books published by the Section. Ms. Tease is former Chair of Division VII, Information Technology, and former Chair of the Committees on Computer Software Technology, Computer Programs, and Databases. Ms. Tease has served on the Section’s Strategic Communications Task Force, which engaged in long-range planning, and the Sponsorship Task Force. In addition, Ms. Tease is a former member of the Section’s Patent Law Reform, Business Method Patents, and Chinese Patent Law Reform Task Forces. Ms. Tease has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on issues pertaining to intellectual property enforcement.

Ms. Tease served on the Business Advisory Board for the Montana State University-Billings College of Business for a number of years and was formerly on the Board of Advisors for the Montana Business Incubator in Billings. She is also a frequent speaker on intellectual property law topics and a current member of the Montana State Bar CLE Institute. In addition to being admitted to practice in Montana and New York, Ms. Tease is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. Distruct Court for the District of Montana, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Tease is Treasurer of the Harvard Club of Montana.

How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse

I would like to support women inventors and business owners throughout the state by spearheading MentorMonday meetings in Billings and providing legal representation and support where needed.

Other Information

For the past 20 years, Tease Law has supported inventors and business owners in Montana, Wyoming and throughout the world to obtain patents, register trademarks and copyrights, and enforce their trademark rights where necessary.  Ms. Tease prides herself on working with individual inventors and small businesses to resolve intellectual property disputes in a cost-effective manner.

Tease Law is female-owned and is the first full-service intellectual property law firm in the State of Montana.  A small business owner herself, Ms. Tease believes that fostering entrepreneurship and supporting small business is the key to Montana’s economic success.


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