Fred has more than 20 years of experience handling intellectual property matters in primarily the cable, telephony, satellite, Internet, electronic program guide, LTE, and automotive industries. Fred has served as lead trial counsel or co-lead trial counsel in more than two dozen complex patent litigations.
Fred has significant experience as the relationship partner for a number of clients ranging from a Fortune 50 telecommunications company down to smaller startup clients. He manages thousands of ongoing prosecution matters and specializes in obtaining “litigation-worthy” patent claims that are crafted to survive IPR proceedings and still read on the targeted products. Fred has experience working with experts to reverse engineer products for ongoing prosecution efforts. Fred has a significant due diligence and opinion practice analyzing numerous portfolios each year, and assisting companies in negotiations with respect to these portfolios.
Fred has a significant post-issuance practice including IPRs, interferences, and reexaminations. He also has handled a number of large Section 337 investigations at the United States International Trade Commission.
Fred is active with various bar organizations including the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, where he has been chair of most of the patent-related committees. Fred has been recognized in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, and named to the IAM 250 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists and the IAM 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists, published by Intellectual Asset Management magazine.
Fred has taught Patent Trial Practice at Georgetown University since 2014 and Trade Secret law at George Mason University for more than 20 years.
Prior to his legal career, Fred had significant industrial experience in designing hardware and software. Fred was the lead engineer in developing network backbone components for the NSFNET (a forerunner to and now part of the Internet), a secure digital telephone, various satellite based processors, a processor for the under ice display on the Seawolf submarine, and several commercial software applications including applications for communication security, secured transactions, and digital rights management.
Fred earned his B.S. and M.S. in electronic and computer engineering from George Mason University. He earned his J.D., with distinction, from George Mason University and his L.L.M. in patent and intellectual property law from George Washington University.
- B.S., Electronic and Computer Engineering, 1984, George Mason University
- M.S., Electronic and Computer Engineering, 1988, George Mason University
- J.D., With Distinction, 1992, George Mason University
- L.L.M., Patent and Intellectual Property Law, 1998, George Washington University
- 1992, Virginia
- 1993, District of Columbia
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. Supreme Court