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.
'IP Star', Managing IP Magazine- (2013, 2014)
I ntellectual 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
Industrial Technology Research Institute's Conference on Patent Litigation and Trends on NPE
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Current Topics in United States Patent Litigation: NPEs, the AIA, the ITC and eDiscovery
Monday, October 29, 2012
2012 Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA) Conference
Friday, October 26, 2012
Eleven Oblon Spivak Attorneys Recognized in Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
Oblon Spivak Named to IAM Patent 1000 for National Patent Prosecution, ITC Litigation and Post-Grant Practices
Monday, August 5, 2013
Eleven Oblon Spivak Partners named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property's IP Handbook.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Recent Trends in NPE Litigation
Monday, July 30, 2012
An Opposition To The Recently Proposed Legislation Related To Business Method Patents
Tuesday, April 1, 2003
Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Did You Know...Satisfying The Domestic Industry Requirement With Licensing Now Requires Proof Of Articles Protected By The Patent?
Monday, May 19, 2014
In Section 337 actions before the International Trade Commission (“the Commission”), the complainant must establish that a domestic industry for articles protected by the asserted patent(s) exists or is in the process of being established. 19 U.S.C. 1337(a)(2). The domestic industry requirement consists of two prongs: an economic prong and...
Did You Know ... ITC Remedial Orders Can Be Modified Or Rescinded?
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Under Commission Rule 210.76, any person who believes that “changed conditions of fact or law, or the public interest” require that an exclusion order, cease and desist order, or consent order be modified or set aside can petition the Commission for such relief. The petition must state the changes sought and the changed circumstances...
ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-717) Regarding Certain Digital Imaging Devices And Related Software
Friday, May 14, 2010
On May 13, 2010, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Digital Imaging Devices and Related Software (Inv. No. 337-TA-717).