Robert Frederickson, a partner in Goodwin’s IP Litigation Group, focuses his practice on patent and other IP litigation. Mr. Frederickson’s practice includes all phases of litigation, from pre-suit investigation and counseling through trial and appeal. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in federal courts throughout the country, including the Eastern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Virginia, the District of Delaware, the Southern District of New York, the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the District of Massachusetts. Mr. Frederickson has represented clients across a variety of fields and industries, including smartphone applications, voice-over-IP telephony, cellular networks, electronic medical records, Ethernet routing and Power-over-Ethernet switches, label printers and printer software, and pharmaceuticals. Mr. Frederickson also advises clients with regard to intellectual property matters outside of litigation, including IP issues that arise in mergers, acquisitions, due diligence and other transactions.  

In addition to his patent litigation practice, Mr. Frederickson has been involved in securities litigation involving credit card processing systems and environmental litigation involving cooling water intake technologies under section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act. Mr. Frederickson also devotes a significant amount of time representing pro bono clients in a variety of matters.

Mr. Frederickson has been named a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers magazine each year from 2013 – 2017.




Mr. Frederickson’s recent representative cases include:

Representative Technology Cases:

  • Sanford L.P. (d/b/a DYMO) et al. v. Esselte AB et al., (S.D.N.Y). Representing Esselte in a patent infringement case involving an innovative label printer and successfully defended against two motions for a preliminary injunction filed by plaintiffs against Esselte. The first motion sought to enjoin sales of Esselte’s label printers. The second motion sought to enjoin Esselte’s participation in co-pending inter partes review proceedings. The case settled shortly after the second motion was denied
  • Chalumeau Power Systems, LLC v. Alcatel-Lucent et al. (D. Del.). Represented Alcatel-Lucent in a patent infringement case and Federal Circuit appeal involving Power-over-Ethernet switching products. The plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the case with prejudice after the close of fact discovery, and the district court found the case “exceptional” under 35 U.S.C. § 285 and awarded Alcatel-Lucent’s attorneys’ fees. The Federal Circuit summarily affirmed the district court’s exceptional case finding.
  • In re: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., MDL No. 2354 (W.D. Pa.). Represented financial services company in complex Multi-District Litigation in which the patentee alleged infringement of four patents involving mobile banking services and smart phone applications.
  • Sigram Schindler Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH v. Cisco Systems, Inc. (D. Del.). Represented Cisco in patent infringement case involving call admission control for voice over IP phone service. The district court granted summary judgment of non-infringement in Cisco’s favor. 
  • Freedom Wireless, Inc. v. Cingular Wireless LLC et al. (E.D. Tx.). Represented patentee in large, multi-defendant patent infringement case involving prepaid cellular telephone service. The cases settled shortly before trial.

Pharmaceutical Cases:

  • Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc. et al. v. Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories S.A. (D. Del.). Trial counsel for Dr. Reddy’s in a Hatch-Waxman case relating to generic forms of Suboxone® sublingual films. The district court held that Dr. Reddy’s did not infringe any of the three asserted patents in the case. The case is pending appeal.
  • GlaxoSmithKline LLC v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. (D. Del.). Representing Teva in patent litigation involving treatment of chronic heart failure, hypertension, and left ventricular dysfunction following myocardial infarction and the use of so-called “skinny labels” on pharmaceutical products. The case is currently pending.
  • Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. (D. Mass.). Represented Teva in a patent infringement case involving test methods for low molecular weight heparins. The district court granted summary judgment of non-infringement in Teva’s favor, which was affirmed by the Federal Circuit.  See Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., 809 F.3d 610 (Fed. Cir. 2015).
Professional Experience

From November 2011 to May 2012, Mr. Frederickson served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County. In that capacity, he prosecuted hundreds of felony and misdemeanor criminal cases and tried over a dozen jury and non-jury cases. He also argued countless dispositive and evidentiary motions, many of which involved constitutional issues.


While attending law school, Mr. Frederickson was recognized as the Best Overall Oral Advocate in the New England Region of the National Moot Court Competition. He also served as the Senior Articles Editor for the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, for which he authored “A Green Bird in the Hand: An Example of Environmental Regulations Operating to Stifle Environmentally Conscious Industry,” 34 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. 303 (2007).

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J.D., 2007
Boston College Law School

(cum laude)

B.S., Economics, 2004
The George Washington University

(magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

B.A., Computer Science, 2004
The George Washington University

(magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)





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