Thomas J. Fisher: Lawyer with Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.

Thomas J. Fisher

Phone(703) 412-6046

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Counseling & Strategic Advice
  • IP Transactions
  • Life Sciences
  • PTAB Proceedings
  • Consumer Products
  • Electronics & Software
 
Contact InfoTelephone: (703) 412-6046
Facsimile: 703-413-2220
http://www.oblon.com/professional/thomas-j-fisher
 
University University of Pittsburgh, B.S., Electrical Engineering
 
Law SchoolGeorge Mason University School of Law, J.D.
 
Admitted1999, Virginia; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of International Trade; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
 
Memberships 

Professional Affiliations

•American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law
•American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
•Federal Circuit Bar Association
•IEEE Computer Society
•Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
•ITC Trial Lawyers Association
•Virginia State Bar, Intellectual Property Law Section

 
Biography

Thomas J. Fisher practices in the firm's Litigation practice group, and is Chair of the ITC Litigation practice group. Mr. Fisher also co-chairs the IP Transactions practice group and is a Certified Licensing Professional. His primary focus is on litigating complex electrical, mechanical, and computer software patents in federal district courts, in 337 proceedings before the International Trade Commission (ITC), and in appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Fisher has worked extensively with electrical and mechanical technologies such as software, encryption, GPS systems, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology, and medical devices.

A former electrical engineer, Mr. Fisher has more than 12 years of industry experience in electrical engineering, software, and information technology. As an engineer, he developed software solutions for business and government applications as well as modeling and simulation tools, analyst workstations, and real-time control systems including satellite ground systems and traffic control systems. He also owned and operated his own software consulting business, and has significant project management experience on large software development projects, as well as government contract procurement experience.

Mr. Fisher brings a unique combination of skills to his client representation. In addition to his litigation and technical background, he has practiced in the firm's Electrical and Mechanical Patent Prosecution and Post Grant practice groups in the areas of computer software, internet-related technologies, e-commerce technologies, digital communications, and telecommunications. Additionally, Mr. Fisher drafts opinions and counsels both domestic and foreign clients on patent portfolio development, intellectual property issues related to various corporate transactions. licensing, litigation avoidance, risk management, and post-litigation tactics. He is also a Certified Licensing Professional.

Mr. Fisher is a founder of, and actively contributes to the firm's legal blog devoted exclusively to Section 337 investigations before the ITC - the ITC 337 Law Blog. The site is the leading blog of its kind, and provides insights about the ITC's daily activity and significant decisions. He has lectured on U.S. patent law for the NDS Intellectual Property program at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, and frequently lectures worldwide on patent litigation and ITC litigation practice.

Accolades

• 'IP Star', Managing IP Magazine- (2013 - 2015)
Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners, named to its list of the top 1000 patent attorneys in the world; recognized in the National - International Trade Commission (ITC) category for his ITC litigation work and in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area for his patent Litigation work (2012- 2014)
• Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

Blog

http://www.itcblog.com/

Recent Blog Posts

ALJ Lord Grants Motion To Terminate Investigation As To Apple In Certain Communications Or Computing Devices (337-TA-925) On June 5, 2015, ALJ Dee Lord issued Order No. 37 in Certain Communications or Computing Devices and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-925). By way of background, this investigation is based on a July 16, 2014 complaint filed by Enterprise Systems Technologies S.a.r.l. ( Enterprise ) alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain communications or computing devices and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,454,201; 6,594,366; 6,691,302; and 5,870,610.. ..
ALJ Pender Rules On Summary Determination Motion In Certain Windshield Wipers (337-TA-928/937) On May 27, 2015, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued the public version of Order No. 19 (dated May 19, 2015) in Certain Windshield Wipers and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-928/937). Please note that Oblon represents Complainants in this matter. By way of background, the investigation is based on July 25, 2014 and October 15, 2014 complaints filed by Valeo North America, Inc. of Troy, Michigan and Delmex de Juarez S. de R.L. de C.V. of Mexico alleging violation of Section 337...
ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-958) Regarding Certain Automatic Teller Machines And Point Of Sale Devices On June 3, 2015, the U.S. International Trade Commission ( Commission ) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Automatic Teller Machines And Point Of Sale Devices and Associated Software Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-958)....
ALJ Bullock Grants Motion To Terminate As To Esquire Footwear In Certain Footwear Products (337-TA-936) On June 2, 2015, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued the public version of Order No. 114 in Certain Footwear Products (Inv. No. 337-TA-936). By way of background, this investigation is based on an October 14, 2014 complaint filed by Converse Inc. ( Converse ) alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain footwear products that infringe U.S. Trademark Registration Nos. 4,398,753; 3,258,103; and 1,588,960. Additionally, Converse alleged violation of Section 337 based upon unfair competition/false...
ALJ Bullock Sets Procedural Schedule In Certain Protective Cases For Electronic Devices (337-TA-955) On June 2, 2015, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 6 in Certain Protective Cases For Electronic Devices and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-955). By way of background, this investigation is based on a March 11, 2015 complaint filed by Otter Products, LLC alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain protective cases for electronic devices that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,792,232 and 8,976,512. See our March...

Publications

July 2012 - Article
Recent Trends in NPE Litigation
The Lawyers, July 2012

November 2011 - Presentation
Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

Spring 2002 - Article
An Opposition To The Recently Proposed Legislation Related To Business Method Patents
20 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. 397

Events

Industrial Technology Research Institute's Conference on Patent Litigation and Trends on NPE
When: October 30, 2012
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
People: Thomas J. Fisher

Current Topics in United States Patent Litigation: NPEs, the AIA, the ITC and eDiscovery
When: October 29, 2012
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
People: Thomas J. Fisher

2012 Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA) Conference
When: October 26, 2012
Location: Osaka, Japan
People: Thomas J. Fisher, Scott A. McKeown

Current Topics in United States Patent Litigation: NPEs, the AIA, the ITC and eDiscovery
When: October 25, 2012
Location: Osaka, Japan
People: Thomas J. Fisher

2011 Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA) Seminar
When: November 4, 2011
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
People: Stephen G. Kunin, Thomas J. Fisher, Scott A. McKeown, Eric W. Schweibenz

US Patent Litigation Program
When: October 27, 2010
Location: Osaka, Japan
People: Scott A. McKeown, Thomas J. Fisher

International Bar Association Annual Conference 2010
When: October 3, 2010
Location: Vancouver BC, Canada
People: Thomas J. Fisher

ITC Litigation & Enforcement Forum
When: February 24, 2010
Location: New York, New York
People: Thomas J. Fisher

Current Trends in Intellectual Property Litigation
When: June 8, 2009
Location: Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
People: Stephen G. Kunin, Thomas J. Fisher

Current Trends in Intellectual Property Litigation
When: June 1, 2009
Location: Beijing (June 1st), Shanghai (June 3rd), China
People: Stephen G. Kunin, Thomas J. Fisher

Current Trends in Intellectual Property Litigation
When: May 27, 2009
Location: Paris (May 27th) and Lyon (May 29th), France
People: Stephen G. Kunin, Thomas J. Fisher

News

June 8, 2015 - Firm News
Eleven Oblon Attorneys Recognized in Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars 2015
Managing IP

April 21, 2014 - Firm News
Eleven Oblon Spivak Attorneys Recognized in Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars 2014
Managing Intellectual Property

August 5, 2013 - Firm News
Oblon Spivak Named to IAM Patent 1000 for National Patent Prosecution, ITC Litigation and Post-Grant Practices

June 15, 2013 - Firm News
Eleven Oblon Spivak Partners named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property's IP Handbook.
Managing Intellectual Property

June 7, 2013 - In The News
Arthur Neustadt Quoted in Law360 Regarding Decision of U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case on Burden of Proof
Law360, New York (May 20, 2013)

November 16, 2012 - Firm News
Federal Circuit Rules in Favor of SMC Corporation By Affirming ITC's Decision To Invalidate Competitor's Patent

September 18, 2012 - In The News
Oblon Spivak's Arthur Neustadt Quoted in Law360 Regarding the Federal Circuit's Decision in Medtronic IP Case
Law360, New York (September 18, 2012)

June 14, 2012 - Firm News
IAM Patent 1000 Touts Oblon Spivak as Top Patent Firm; Partners Identified Across IP Spectrum as Leading Practitioners
IAM Magazine

June 9, 2011 - Firm News
Federal Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Suit Against Oblon, Spivak Client SkyHawke Technologies

March 22, 2011 - Firm News
ITC Rules in Favor of SMC Corporation By Invalidating Competitor's Patent

March 1, 2011 - In The News
Oblon, Spivak's Thomas Fisher quoted in Inside Counsel on the Federal Circuit's Decision in Uniloc v. Microsoft
Inside Counsel, March 1, 2011

July 31, 2009 - Firm News
Court Dismisses Patent Infringement Case Against SkyHawke for Lack of Standing

March 12, 2009 - Firm News
Oblon, Spivak Forms Two New Practice Groups

February 11, 2009 - Firm News
Oblon, Spivak Launches ITC 337 Law Blog

January 12, 2009 - Firm News
Federal Circuit Finds In Favor Of SMC Affirming Summary Judgment Of Obviousness

 
Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Represents a domestic sporting goods technology company in multiple patent infringement actions in various district courts and the Federal Circuit concerning GPS-based golf rangefinders. Represents a domestic food industry manufacturer in multiple patent infringement actions concerning aseptic bottling technology. Represented a domestic sporting goods technology company in multiple patent infringement actions in various district courts and the Federal Circuit concerning GPS-based golf rangefinders. The cases were settled. Represented a domestic jewelry marketing company in a patent infringement action concerning watches. The case was settled. Represented a domestic printing services company in a copyright, DMCA, and Lanham Act action. The case was settled. Represented an Asian microelectromechanical device manufacturer a 337 proceeding before the ITC and Federal Circuit in an action concerning packages for silicone microphones. Represented an Asian manufacturing company respondent in a 337 proceeding before the ITC and Federal Circuit involving connectors used in pneumatic systems. The Federal Circuit affirmed the ITC's finding of no violation of 337. Represents a patentee in a declaratory judgment action involving implantable pacing systems for treatment of congestive heart failure before the district court, Federal Circuit, and Supreme Court. Represented a domestic sporting goods manufacturer in a patent infringement action concerning protective equipment for lacrosse. The case was settled. Represented an Asian manufacturing company defendant in a patent infringement action concerning ultrasonic flow meters. The Federal Circuit affirmed the district court holding that the patent was invalid as obvious on summary judgment.
 
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