Michael A. Fisher


Michael A. Fisher


Philadelphia | Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2808
+1 215 994 2079 | +1 215 994 2222

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Michael A. Fisher, Ph.D. draws on his extensive background in electrical engineering to represent medical device, electronics, computer, semiconductor, and other clients in complex patent and trade secret litigation matters. He also devotes part of his practice to patent licensing, patent counseling, and software copyright matters.

Prior to his legal career, Dr. Fisher worked as a research and development engineer in the areas of solid state electronics, equipment-control software, and micromechanical devices. He is the named inventor on two U.S. patents, relating to an infrared imager and a flat-panel computer display (U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,929,440 and 5,956,003).


Significant Representations 

  • Dexcowin Global, Inc. v. Aribex, Inc. (U.S. District Court, Central District of California). Represented patentee in patent litigation involving handheld X-ray devices for dentistry. After winning summary judgment of infringement against the accused products, helped Aribex reach a favorable settlement.
  • TGR Intellectual Props., LLC v. KaVo Dental Techs., LLC. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois). Represented defendant in patent litigation involving display mounting devices for dental offices. Reached favorable settlement.
  • Mondis Technology Ltd. v. LG Electronics, et. al. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas). Represented Mondis in an eight-patent case relating to computer monitor DDC/CI interfaces and Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) capabilities. Secured jury verdict for Mondis that the asserted patents were valid and infringed.
  • Synopsis, Inc. v. Magma Design Automation (U.S. District Court, District of Delaware). Represented plaintiff Synopsis in patent litigation involving electronic design automation (EDA) software for designing semiconductor chips. Reached favorable settlement.
  • In re: Katz Interactive Call Processing Patent Litigation (U.S. District Court, Central District of California). Represented defendant TD Banknorth in patent litigation involving systems and software for automatic processing of telephone calls. Reached favorable settlement.
  • Hitachi Consumer Elecs. Co., Ltd. v. Top Victory Elecs. (Taiwan) Co. Ltd., et al. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas). Represent Hitachi in a fifteen-patent case involving digital television technology. Pending.
  • Technical Witts, Inc. v. Skynet Elec. Co., Ltd., et al. (U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit). Represented Technical Witts in a patent appeal involving switching power supply technology. Settled.
  • An electronics company in license negotiations involving consumer products.
  • Analyzed the patent portfolio of a client in the media technology industry.
  • An electronics company in license negotiations involving computer memory.
  • An investment company in negotiations involving battery charging technology.
  • An electronics company in license negotiations involving network interface technology.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • University of Rochester, B.S., Electrical engineering, 1987, With distinction
  • University of Rochester, M.S., Electrical engineering, 1989
  • University of Rochester, Ph.D., Electrical engineering, 1993
  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 2000, James Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Articles Editor of the Journal of Law & the Arts, recipient of the Carroll G. Harper Prize for achievement in IP studies and writing
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Advisory Board of the University of Rochester Electrical and Computer Engineering Department