Thatcher’s work and wide-ranging experience extends to diverse technology, industries and legal matters. Thatcher’s technical training in electrical and computer engineering is unique, given its focus on audio engineering topics, particularly relevant to various industries including music technology, gaming and entertainment, telecommunications, and speech and signal processing.
A native of Delaware, a top venue for patent litigation, Thatcher is well known in the local and legal community and frequently serves as Delaware counsel for out-of-town attorneys, playing substantial roles to leverage his particular skills when appropriate. He also has experience as first chair representing Delaware inmates in civil rights cases through trial. During law school, Thatcher served as a judicial extern for Judge Fred Silverman of the Superior Court of Delaware.
Recent Representative Matters
- Successfully represented Vital Pharmaceuticals in a patent infringement matter where client was accused of infringing upon plaintiff’s patents concerning nutritional compositions and methods of use. Out of 81 original defendants, Vital was one of three defendants who refused to settle. Court invalidated all 17 claims of the four asserted patents. Trial counsel team then successfully moved to have the case declared exceptional, and Vital was awarded its attorneys’ fees and expenses, which was affirmed on appeal by the Federal Circuit.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of defendant client Proximex Corporation based on plaintiffs failure to identify its alleged trade secret.
- Successfully represented Genzyme Corporation in a breach of patent license matter, obtaining a stipulated judgment in view of a case dispositive claim construction ruling that was affirmed on appeal to the Federal Circuit.
- Widener University Delaware Law School — Dissertation Research Adjunct Faculty, 2019-present
Thatcher’s interests are varied but center on film and music, particularly The Beatles, and military and British history. Thatcher is a member of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship.