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  • Suffolk University Law School,Juris Doctorate
  • Pennsylvania State University, M.S., Mathematics, cum laude
  • Worcester Polytechnic University, B.S., Mathematics, with honors
C. Frederick Koenig III
Professional Experience

Fred prepares, prosecutes and supervises domestic patent applications while also serving as the firm’s international coordinator to facilitate the services which the firm provides to foreign clients and associates. Fred mentors newer associates in the firm’s electrical, mechanical and life sciences patent groups, particularly in a variety of patent claim drafting techniques and styles which are used in different jurisdictions throughout the world as well as in differing technical arts. Fred also works extensively on copyright matters including registration, licensing and litigation. Fred has actively litigated IP issues in state and federal courts.

Client Work

Fred coordinates the prosecution of global patent portfolios including the strategic use of PCT and non-PCT applications, utility model applications and sui generis mask work/topological design applications. Fred’s mathematics background has enabled him to work in securing and enforcing patent rights in virtually all fields of technology.

Fred is routinely consulted on complex copyright issues. He obtained preliminary and permanent injunctive relief in F.A. Davis Company V. Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc., No. 05-681 (E.D.P.A.).

Previous Work

Fred has over 30 years of intellectual property law experience. He started his career as an in-house patent attorney for Litton Industries where he performed licensing and prosecution of trademark and patent matters for the Machine Tool and Electrical Component Groups. There he secured patents on such diverse products as numerically controlled machining centers, injection molding machines, friction welding machines, grinding machines, ball valves, hand tools, aircraft seats, electrical and optical slip rings and connectors, stepper motors, and security sensors and systems.

Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

Fred conducts lectures and seminars on numerous topics in the intellectual property field for both attorneys and lay persons. He developed a course titled “Ideas, Computers and Law” for Temple University and an Intersession Course “Patents and Trademarks” for his undergraduate alma mater WPI.

Fred was selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®, published by Thomson Reuters, from 2005-2006, and from 2008-2019, and was also selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America®, from 2006-2019. He has earned the Martindale-Hubbell’s top rating of “AV Preeminent”, published by Martindale-Hubbell®, from 1994-2016, signifying the highest level of professional excellence.

Professional Activities

Fred founded and serves as the current Chair of the SIPO (China)/ U.S. Bar Liaison Counsel, being the Council Representative for the ABA Intellectual Property Law Section (ABA/IPL).

Fred also currently serves on the ABA/IPL Section’s Council, as the ABA/IPL Liaison to the ABA/International Law Section since 2010, and as an ABA/IPL Representative on the U.S. Bar/Japanese Patent Office Liaison Council since 2007.

Fred previously served on ABA/IPL Council from 1995-1997 and has been chair of both the Patent Division and the Copyright Division. From 2005-2010, Fred served as the ABA/IPL Liaison to the Asian Patent Attorney Association. In 1989, Fred served as the ABA delegate to the WIPO Diplomatic Conference for the International Treaty on Integrated Circuits.

Fred has been an active participant in Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the International Trademark Association and the Copyright Society of the USA.

Bar and Court Admissions

State of Massachusetts 1979
United States Patent and Trademark Office 1979
State of Connecticut 1980
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1982
United States Supreme Court 1986
Federal, Third and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeals 1991, 1984, 1985
Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania 1984, 1988

Life Beyond the Law

I have always found the practice and teaching of intellectual Property Law quite enjoyable in addition to meeting terrific people throughout the world along the way. My wife and I do go at a touring cyclist pace and you may see us on our tandem or on our touring bicycles almost anywhere, for example see: where my wife records our touring cycling exploits.