Timothy V. Fisher

Tim Fisher is a patent attorney and electrical engineer specializing in patent prosecution and counseling for clients of all sizes, from startups to established technology leaders. He regularly works with stakeholders in various technical, legal, and business roles. Tim’s broad technical expertise encompasses:

  • Artificial intelligence / machine learning with a focus on deep neural networks used in speech recognition, natural language understanding, speech synthesis, and image processing
  • Medical devices, instrumentation, and optics including magnetic resonance imaging, laser speckle contrast imaging, fluorescence histo-tomography, automated external defibrillators, electroencephalography, quantum cascade laser microscopy, and artificial heart valves.
  • Computer hardware and software including desktop and application virtualization, computer network infrastructure, cybersecurity, and mobile device electronics.

Tim’s patent litigation experience includes district court litigation including jury trial, and post grant review before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Tim is an active member of the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA). While serving as co-chair of the Patent Office Practice Committee, Tim prepared or co-authored public comments on behalf of the BPLA responding to USPTO proposed guidance and rule making, on topics including "Patenting Artificial Intelligence Inventions," "Motion to Amend Practice and Procedures in Trial Proceedings under the America Invents Act before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board," "Changes in Examination Procedure Pertaining to Subject Matter Eligibility," and "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Changes to Patent Trial and Appeal Board Trial Claim Construction Standard."

Tim attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Science and Technology Law Journal. Before law school, Tim designed analog and radio frequency electronics for mass spectrometers, magnetic resonance imaging, and communications systems.

Professional Activities
  • Co-chair, Boston Patent Law Association Medical Devices Committee
  • Former Co-chair, Boston Patent Law Association Patent Office Practice Committee
Publications
  • Co-author, “Software Patents under 35 U.S.C. Sec. 271(f): Should Congress Amend Sec. 271 to Harmonize Protection between Tangible and Intangible Inventions,” 2 Hastings Sci. & Tech. L.J. 183 (2010)