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Thomas H. Reger II

Principal

Dallas, TX
214-292-4084
reger@fr.com
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Background

Mr. Reger has argued patent and other intellectual property cases across the country. With this litigation experience and a computer science degree from Texas A&M University, Mr. Reger manages all aspects of the case from the complaint through trial, whether as a defendant or a plaintiff. For example, Mr. Reger obtained one of the first summary judgment orders of invalidity before Judge Ward in the Eastern District of Texas. As another example, Mr. Reger obtained summary judgment of invalidity of eight asserted claims before Judge Davis. And in California, Mr. Reger won summary judgment of no infringement under patent exhaustion on one patent, and then obtained a jury verdict of no infringement on a second. In Florida, a jury found the plaintiff’s three asserted patents invalid and not infringed; the Patent Office likewise invalidated two of the plaintiff’s patents after inter partes review (IPR). At the ITC, Mr. Reger successfully invalidated the asserted patent before the ALJ and the Commission. Beyond defense wins, Mr. Reger has also successfully represented plaintiffs. For example, he obtained a jury verdict of infringement, willfulness, and false marking before Judge Clark of the Eastern District of Texas.

Mr. Reger also participated in the Lawyer on Loan program through the Dallas County District Attorney’s office. During his tenure as an Assistant District Attorney, he picked the jury or led the prosecution in more than 15 jury trials.

In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Reger has technical experience as a patent prosecutor and as a software engineer.  His particular focus was in algorithm analysis, optimization, and other software design.  He is well-versed in many computer languages (including Java, C, C++, SQL, HTML, COBOL, and Assembler), as well as operating systems, hardware platforms, and databases.

Education

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law 2001
SMU Law Review


B.S., Texas A&M University 1995
Computer Science

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2001
  • Texas 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Other Distinctions

Presentations and Papers
"Current and Recurrent Ethical Issues in Intellectual Property Practice", keynote speaker at University of Texas’ 10th Annual Intellectual Property Symposium hosted by Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal (February 6, 2009).

Co-authored "Intellectual Property Issues On The Internet" for Helping Your Clients With eCommerce And The Internet 2001.

Additional information
Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, 2016 and 2017©​.

Named by IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners as one of the "top patent practitioners" in Texas for litigation in 2012201320142015, and 2016.

Named a "Texas Rising Star" by Super Lawyers 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Member of The Honorable Barbara MG Lynn Inn of Courts.

Commissioned as Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves in December 1995.

Tom has been married 13 years to Nicole Reger, and they have two children.

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