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Todd C. Thurheimer



Todd C. Thurheimer
Todd’s previous experience as a senior software engineer lends to his patent prosecution and inter partes review practice across a wide range of technologies.

Todd C. Thurheimer is an associate in Sterne Kessler’s Electronics Practice Group. His practice currently focuses on patent prosecution before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and inter partes review proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Todd has drafted and prosecuted patent applications across a range of technologies including networking, database systems, artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, big-data integration, high-frequency electronics, vector processing, blockchain technologies, cutting-edge user interfaces, internet-of-things devices, financial systems, health care platforms, and consumer devices.

Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, Todd clerked at the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania for the Honorable Rochelle Friedman. He also worked for many years as a senior software engineer with a management consulting firm designing and implementing online software solutions to support K-12 teachers and administrators.

Todd graduated summa cum laude from Suffolk University Law School, receiving an Intellectual Property Law Concentration with Distinction. While at Suffolk University, Todd served as a staff member on the Journal of High Technology Law and worked as a research assistant on a project studying the incentive theory of intellectual property.

Todd’s technological experience spans numerous areas including web technologies, structured programming languages, security and cryptography, software performance optimization, web hosting, computer architecture, database design and administration, data warehousing and extraction, network communications, and web services, just to name a few. Todd has experience with a wide variety of programming languages, especially Perl, but also C/C++, Java, Javascript, jQuery, AngularJS, XML, HTML, SQL, etc. Todd has developed software across a wide-array of technical platforms using varied software development models and approaches and harnesses this industry experience to support clients’ business and technical needs.

Technical Publications

  • “Crimson Chaos: Sports Team Trademarks in Artwork and the Functionality Doctrine”, Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology, 2011.
  • "Second Chance for Secondary Considerations: Hiding the 'Novelty Ball'," Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, Oct. 2017 (co-author).

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Intellectual Property Law Concentration with Distinction
Suffolk University Law School
summa cum laude
Computer Science
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
magna cum laude


District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States Patent & Trademark Office