Thomas Fasone is an IP and complex commercial litigation attorney with expertise in e-discovery and cutting-edge technology litigation. Thomas has more than two decades of experience litigating complex bet-the-company matters in the areas of telecommunications, industrial lighting applications, medical devices, and web-based applications. Additionally, he has a depth of experience working with inventors and patent owners to develop and initiate patent portfolio monetization strategies in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Thomas has represented companies of all sizes in high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts and before the International Trade Commission (ITC). His cases involved mobile communications and computer device connectivity (3G/4G/LTE/5G/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/NFC), industrial and consumer lighting (LED/LCD), computer networking systems and devices, consumer medical devices, navigation and tracking systems (GPS/GPRS), automotive interface and infotainment systems (MirrorLink/CarPlay/Android Auto), financial chargeback and anti-theft systems, mobile and internet-based sports betting and gaming, consumer remote monitoring and security systems, web-based search systems, and television access and control (V-Chip) systems.
In addition to his expertise in intellectual property litigation matters, Thomas has a special interest and skillset regarding e-discovery. At a previous firm, he led that firm’s technology upgrade efforts on e-discovery and artificial intelligence offerings. He also represented the firm at the Sedona Conference, LegalTech, and other American Bar Association e-discovery conferences.
Before joining Sheridan Ross, Thomas owned and managed his own patent consulting and litigation firm. He previously worked for a highly regarded national litigation law firm based in Dallas, Texas.
University of Houston (JD with honors, 1992)
St. Mary’s University (BA, Major in Political Science and Minor in Business Administration, with honors, 1988)
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Commercial Litigation
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Trade Secrets and Confidentiality
- Business Methods
- Electrical Engineering
- Green Technology
- Life Sciences
- Mechanical Engineering
- State Bar of Texas
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
- United States Court of Federal Claims
- American Bar Association
- Texas Bar Association
- Eastern District of Texas Bar Association
- Dallas Bar Association
- i4i Limited Partnership v. Microsoft Corporation – Represented i4i Limited Partnership against Microsoft Corporation for infringement of patented technology covering a method and system for manipulating architecture and contents of documents generated by Word 2007. Jury found in favor of i4i Limited Partnership and awarded damages of $290m. On appeal, the United States Supreme Court affirmed lower court findings in favor of i4i Limited Partnership.
- Medtronic Vascular, Inc. vs. Boston Scientific – Represented Medtronic against Boston Scientific for infringement of patented technologies covering drug eluting stent devices. Obtained $250m jury verdict against Boston Scientific.
- Medtronic Vascular, Inc. Board of Regents, University of Texas System v. Setagon, Inc. et al. – Represented Medtronic in a dispute involving inventorship over patents covering cardiovascular stent devices with porous layers for eluting therapeutic agents.
- Droplets, Inc. vs. Overstock.com, et al. – Represented Droplets, Inc. against J.C. Penney, Overstock.com, and Sears over infringement of patents covering web-based search and display technologies. Achieved a $15m jury verdict against Overstock.com.
- AT&T v. Excel Communications – Defended Excel Communications in landmark software patent litigation brought by AT&T before the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. Resulted in a favorable license and settlement agreement.
- Ericsson v. Apple – Represented Ericsson in litigation before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and the United States International Trade Commission. Resulted in favorable license agreements with Apple covering more than 30 patents and numerous consumer mobile smartphone and computer devices.
- Ericsson v. Samsung – Represented Ericsson in proceedings before the International Trade Commission. Resulted in favorable global license agreements with Samsung covering dozens of patents and numerous consumer mobile telecommunications devices