THOMAS M. MESHBESHER
1938 - 2000
Kind, caring, creative, inventive, bright, partner, friend.These are just some of the words that come to mind when I remember Thomas M. Meshbesher
died on March 10, 2000 at age 61, after a long illness.He
is survived by his
wife Lynne, son Simon, daughters Lisa and Nicki, brother Richard, and by the attorneys and staff of Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP who have been privileged to work with Tom
was not native to Delaware.Following chemistry and law degrees from the University of Minnesota, Tom
worked from 1963-68 as a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office in Washington, D.C. He
returned to Minnesota in 1970 and worked as a patent attorney for the 3M Company in St. Paul.From 1972-81 he
practiced a greater variety of intellectual property, including patents, copyright and trademark with Merchant & Gould, a private law firm in Minneapolis.Arthur G. Connolly, Sr. convinced Tom
to relocate to Wilmington and join Connolly, Bove, Lodge & Hutz as a partner in 1981.Tom
possessed a rare combination of creative and analytical talent.On the creative side, he
loved to write and produced considerable fiction.Some of his
short stories were published in popular magazines like Minneapolis Magazine.He
also directed considerable effort to the advancement of science.Tom
was awarded three U.S. patents for his
inventions in chemistry :.
U.S. 4, 347, 109, August 31, 1982 : Method for making acetaldehyde from ethanol ;U.S. 4, 457, 807, July 3, 1984 : Method for oxidizing lower alkanols to useful products ; andU.S. 4, 648, 948, March 10, 1987 : Electro generative oxidation of lower alcohols to useful products"
On the analytical side, Tom
devoted countless hours to solving the many technical problems that he
faced, whether to advance a client's cause or his
own intellectual curiosity.He
had experience with inventions and patents in chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry and communications technologies.Sometimes his
strong focus so absorbed him that he
would lose track of other details, such as lunch or dinner time.
Fluent in German, Tom
often preferred to read German texts to help him resolve the science issues presented to him in his
work as a patent attorney.His
language skill also made it easy for Tom
to communicate with many of the Firm's clients located in Germany.He
earned the respect and admiration of his
colleagues and clients, and had many friends.Tom
mentored many junior attorneys at Connolly, Bove, teaching them basic and expert skills necessary to effectively represent clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.He
adhered to the highest standards of professionalism and instilled these values in our junior attorneys.He
was not only a fine attorney and our partner, he
was a friend.He
will be sorely missed.
CBL&H's victory for Aventis CropScience S.A. (formerly Rhone-Poulenc Agro S.A.) in Rhone-Poulenc Agro S.A. v. Monsanto Co. and DeKalb Genetics Corporation (M.D.N.C. No. 1 : 97CV1138) was named one of the biggest wins of 1999 by the National Law Journal.