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Frederick A. Spaeth has been serving clients for more than twenty years in the areas of intellectual property law and commercial transactions, including preparing and prosecuting patent, trademark and copyright applications in the U.S. and abroad, and advising clients on questions about validity and infringement. He provides counseling in connection with the formation of R&D-based joint ventures, intellectual property licensing, patent landscape studies, brand protection and enforcement of trademark rights, and a variety of commercial transactions and 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.

Areas of Experience

Fred’s areas of experience include patents, trademarks, copyrights, U.S. and foreign registrations, validity opinions, licensing, and contracts.

Publications

  • “Local Company Brings National Distributor to Local Court on Trademark Infringement Claim,” Greater Bridgeport Bar Association News Brief Vol. 30, Issue 2, March/April 2018.
  • “High Court’s SLANT Play Hands REDSKINS and Other Offensive Marks a Victory”, Dilworth IP, LLC blog post June 26, 2017. /court-ruling-slants-redskins-marks/
  • “New USPTO Policy To Clear Dead Wood from the U.S. Trademark Register,” Greater Bridgeport Bar Association News Brief Vol. 29, Issue 2, March/April 2017.
  • “Former Employees need Employer Authorization to Access Employer’s Software on Customer Computers,” GBBA News Brief Sept/Oct 2016.
  • “New Federal Remedies Available for Theft of Trade Secrets," GBBA News Brief July 2016.
  • “New Connecticut Law Concerning Handling of Personal Information,” Greater Bridgeport Bar Association News Brief, Sept/Oct 2015
  • “Nautilus vs. Biosig: A Bright Star to Sail By?” May 13, 2015, /nautilus-vs-biosig-a-bright-star-to-sail-by/
  • “Patents Beyond the Basics” 2014 (contributor), http://ctinnovations.com/resource/107/patents-beyond-basics-part1
  • “Hiding Secrets in Plain Sight? Unsealed Court Papers can Jeopardize Trade Secrets,” April 2014
  • “Incorporation by Reference in U.S. Patent Applications – Lingering Issues,” Intellectual Property Today, May 2010
  • “FACEBOOK Trademarks: Will ICANN follow FACEBOOK’s lead in protecting trademarks?” Intellectual Pursuits (A Publication of The Michaud-Duffy Group), August 2009
  • “Bilski Update: Business Method Patents on Review by Supreme Court,” Intellectual Pursuits, August 2009
  • “Google's AdWords Program Faces Major Court Challenge on Trademark Use,” Intellectual Pursuits, June 2009
  • “Supreme Court Watch: Scope of Patent Licenses Defined,” Intellectual Pursuits, April 2009
  • “Changes at U.S. Patent Office Put on Hold,” New England In-House (A Publication of Lawyer’s Weekly, www.newenglandinhouse.com), November 2007
  • “USPTO Procedural Changes Will Likely Increase Costs of Patent Process,” New England In-House, June 4, 2007
  • “‘Equivalents Thereof’ v. The Doctrine of Equivalents In The Interpretation Of U.S. Patent Claims," 20 Quinnipiac Law Review 487 (No. 3, Winter 2001)
  • "Genetic Engineering Research: An analysis of the Government’s Role In Regulation,” 7 University of Bridgeport Law Review 71 (No. 1, 1986)