Frederick S. Frei

Fred Frei is a senior partner with Andrews Kurth LLP based in Washington D.C. He is an experienced IP litigator and specializes in patent litigation. He has been litigating IP cases for more than 40 years, has tried many patent cases and has first chaired numerous others that resulted in either favorable settlements or summary judgment. Fred has litigated in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy court, throughout the country and at the International Trade Commission. Fred, a registered patent attorney, has been involved with the patent system for more than 45 years, including five years as a Patent Examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  

His IP litigation experience spans patents, trademarks and copyrights and electrical, chemical and mechanical technologies. For example, Fred’s representations have included pharmaceutical and nutritional supplements, cosmetics, medical devices, chemical sensors, optical sensors, food products, solar cells, coolant systems, packaging products, optical disc products and players, plastic products and plastic molding processes and apparatus, road-milling equipment, catalytic converters, electronic commerce, thin-screen monitors, equipment used to irradiate the U.S. mail, power converters, and ground fault circuit interrupters.

Fred was the lead patent trial counsel for the pioneer patent covering all modern-day optical discs (e.g., CDs and CD-ROMS). After a trial which confirmed its validity and where its claims were determined to cover the industry standard discs, the patent ultimately had 140 licensees, including the largest electronics and music companies in the world. Fred has been on trial teams composed solely of patent attorneys and trial teams where there was a mix of commercial litigators and patent attorneys. 

His litigation experience began after completion of his clerkship for the Chief Judge of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to IP cases, he has obtained favorable judgments in an assortment of petroleum price control cases for one of the world's largest oil companies and in contract, antitrust, franchise and fraud cases. For several years, he was responsible for the day-to-day activities, representing a major petroleum company, on the largest case ever filed—the FTC oil industry divestiture case filed against the world's eight largest oil companies. Fred has also represented individuals and companies in federal grand jury investigations involving mail and wire fraud, price fixing and bribery of state officials. Fred's first litigation victory still stands today as the only case where a federal appellate court invalidated a Department of Energy price control regulation on the grounds of lack of statutory authority. 

Fred’s practice also includes counseling relating to the creation, protection, management and exploitation of intellectual property assets, including acquisitions, sales and licensing. He has extensive experience in rendering patentability, validity, infringement and enforceability opinions and in conducting product clearance studies.”

Fred reads US IT/IP Law.

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