Frederick A. Spaeth has more than twenty years experience serving clients in the area of intellectual property law, including preparing and prosecuting patent, trademark and copyright applications in the U.S. and abroad, and rendering opinions on validity and infringement. He provides counseling in connection with the formation of R&D-based joint ventures, intellectual property licensing, patent landscape studies and a variety of commercial transactions and agreements including consulting contracts, direct sales and consignment sales, SELA and SaaS agreements. Fred has worked closely with in-house general counsel and intellectual property managers, and his experience spans a wide range of industries. He also has experience assisting in various aspects of intellectual property litigation. With an educational background that includes a BS degree in Chemistry, study in engineering, a JD degree and an MBA, Mr. Spaeth is well prepared to address a diverse range of legal, technological and business issues.
Fred’s areas of experience include counseling in intellectual property management and development; analysis of prior art, patent landscape and state-of-the art reports; conducting intellectual property transactional due diligence; drafting agreements for protection, licensing and exploitation of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets; rendering patentability, freedom-to-operate, and validity opinions; advising clients regarding trademark and copyright “fair use”; proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and Trademark Trials and Appeal Board. He has served clients in industry sectors including food technology, gas and fluidized bed phase catalysis, medical devices, aerospace stage separation technology, oil and gas mining and exploration, optical fiber systems, chemical vapor deposition, music technology, business methods, step motors, paper sheet handling devices, and munitions, calling on facility in chemistry, electronics, and general mechanical devices.