J.D. University of Connecticut (with high honors)
B.S. Computer Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


District of Columbia
New York
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Honors and Awards

Named Technology Law Expert for the District of Columbia for 2011-2012 by Global Law Experts (see here)


Preparing and Prosecuting a Patent that Holds Up in Litigation Thomas C. Fiala & Jon E. Wright, Presented at PLI’s Patent Litigation 2006

Drug Labeling Patents: A New Line of Defense for Protecting Old Drugs? Thomas C. Fiala & Jon E. Wright, IP Strategist, July 2005

Thomas C. Fiala

Mr. Fiala counsels clients and provides services in connection with intellectual property matters, including preparation and prosecution of patent applications including utility and design patents, strategic patent portfolio building and management, rendering of infringement and validity opinions, patent and technology licensing, and due diligence investigations accompanying acquisitions.  Mr. Fiala  represents cutting edge companies from start-ups to well-established businesses.

Mr. Fiala’s practice has a particular focus on computer-related technologies. He has prepared and prosecuted patent applications relating to computer software, microprocessors and integrated circuits, computer architecture, computer graphics, network systems and protocols, network security, data compression and encryption, data storage, Internet applications, and computer-related business methods. He has also procured patents in other areas including telecommunications and semiconductor device manufacturing.

Mr. Fiala has experience enforcing intellectual property both at the trial level, representing clients in patent and copyright cases before Federal District Courts and the International Trade Commission, and in appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has litigated patents relating to technologies such as microprocessors, random access memory devices, and CD-ROM controllers.

Mr. Fiala was formerly a director at the law firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, Mr. Fiala was an associate at the law firm of Howrey LLP (formerly Howrey, Simon, Arnold & White).

During law school, Mr. Fiala served as an Editor on the University of Connecticut Law Review and was a member of the Moot Court Board.  Prior to law school, Mr. Fiala worked in the computer industry as a systems consultant.  His work included the programming, design, installation and testing of complex business information systems for a variety of clients, including public utilities and investment banks.

Phone: 301.718.2259

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