Truman Fenton is an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group. He provides legal services to clients in matters relating to patents, copyrights, trademarks, technology licensing, and litigation. Mr. Fenton's technical background in electrical and computer engineering spans software engineering; digital circuit design, simulation, and testing; computer networking; computer architecture; and systems benchmarking.
In federal courts in Texas and across the country as well as before the International Trade Commission, Mr. Fenton litigates patent disputes involving a wide range of technologies, from mobile devices, business methods, software systems, glucose testing systems, and electromechanical consumer products. He represents both companies seeking to enforce their intellectual property rights and those accused of infringement. He has represented joint defense groups before federal courts and including at oral argument. He has taken depositions to develop the factual record to uncover bases and weaknesses of expert positions. He has prepared and defended individual and corporate witnesses.
Mr. Fenton prepares and prosecutes patent applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office covering a broad spectrum of inventions, including advanced networking technologies, high-performance programmable logic systems, power supply systems, augmented reality systems, security software, business processes automation, automotive control systems, telecommunications systems, and semiconductor devices.
Mr. Fenton prepares and prosecutes trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in addition to defending and enforcing trademark rights in arbitration proceedings and in federal court. This experience includes settlement negotiations, website take-downs to terminate counterfeiting operations, transfer of infringing domain names to trademark holders, and federal court litigation.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Fenton worked for five years as a software developer, presales engineer, and product manager at Trilogy Software, Inc., in Austin, where he focused on enterprise and e-commerce software solutions for retail manufacturers and financial services companies. In each engagement, Mr. Fenton focused on aligning Trilogy’s technologies with existing systems, which required operational knowledge of the information technology infrastructure operated by Fortune 500 manufacturing and financial services companies. This existing infrastructure included mainframe systems, engineering resource planning (ERP) systems, and a variety of server and workstation technologies. In some of these engagements, Trilogy seamlessly integrated best-of-breed pricing and configuration capabilities into existing systems and workflow. Mr. Fenton has programmed on platforms including Linux/UNIX, Windows, UNICOS (Cray supercomputers), embedded systems, and IBM mainframes.