WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 1, 2006) — McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that Joel M. Freed, a well known jury trial lawyer in patent and intellectual property cases, joined the Firm's Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department (IPMT Department) as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office today. Mr. Freed will add significantly to the Firm's extensive intellectual property practice and will continue to focus his practice on major intellectual property and related antitrust disputes before numerous federal district and appellate courts across the country, as well as licensing and patent related transactions in the many fields of technology, including computers, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.
"Joel's many years of experience in the intellectual property field and especially before the courts in numerous jurisdictions will strengthen the IP practice we have in place," commented Ray Lupo, head of the Firm's IPMT Department. "His arrival is also important in demonstrating our continued commitment to our international IP practice and our objective of advancing our practice to meet our clients’ growing technology protection needs."
"We look forward to working with Joel on the continued growth of our complex litigation and intellectual property practice, particularly in areas of intellectual property protection before the federal courts," commented Tim Waters and Bobby Burchfield, partners-in-charge of the Firm's Washington, D.C. office.
Mr. Freed is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer with more than 30 years of experience in all areas of intellectual property. He has served as lead counsel in a wide range of high technology cases involving patent infringement and trade secret disputes, as well as trademark litigation matters. In addition, he has appeared before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in review of lower court decisions in different areas of technology. Mr. Freed also handles cases before the International Trade Commission and practices before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
"I am thrilled to be joining McDermott," commented Mr. Freed. "I look forward to working with the Firm's well-known IP litigators and contributing to further advancing the Department's practices."
Mr. Freed earned his J.D. in 1970 from Georgetown University Law Center and received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and a bachelor of arts degree from Lehigh University. In addition, Mr. Freed was a former patent examiner and served as an outside instructor in Legal Methods at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Freed is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he has lectured on intellectual property law for nearly 30 years. Mr. Freed is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark office.
McDermott's IPMT Department is renowned for its trial and appellate experience. McDermott ranked among the top 10 litigation firms in the United States and as one of the firms most recognized as counsel hired by plaintiffs and defendants involved in patent cases in IP Law & Business's annual survey of law firms that filed the most cases in 2004. Our lawyers are exceptionally experienced in managing and conducting complex intellectual property litigation including appeals involving patents, trademarks and copyrights.