MBA student Simon Tam's dispute with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office over an application to trademark the name of his band, The Slants, is receiving attention from major networks including BBC World News, NPR and Time.
Director, International Business Programs
School of Business
JD, Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College
Tom is a professor and director of International Business Programs at Marylhurst. He has more than 20 years of corporate experience at Aeon USA, Inc., a New York-based subsidiary of a $72 billion-a-year international retail conglomerate based in Japan, where he last served as executive vice president and general manager for the company. He has extensive international business experience, particularly in mergers and acquisitions, licensing and joint venture transactions. Tsuruta's past and current corporate board membership includes Talbots Inc., WWRE LLC, Agentrics LLC and AEON USA Inc.