Robert Frederickson, a partner in Goodwin’s IP Litigation group, focuses his practice on patent and other IP litigation. Mr. Frederickson has litigated numerous patent litigation lawsuits in federal courts nationwide, 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 financial services, 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’s recent representative cases include:

Technology Cases

  • RPost Holdings, Inc. v. Sophos, Inc. (D. Mass). Obtained summary judgment of invalidity for Sophos in a patent infringement case involving email firewalls. After entering judgment in Sophos’s favor, the Court declared the case “exceptional” under 35 U.S.C. § 285 entitling Sophos to recover its attorneys’ fees for defense of the case. The case is on appeal to the Federal Circuit
  • Sanford L.P. (d/b/a DYMO) et al. v. Esselte AB et al., (S.D.N.Y). Represented Esselte in a patent infringement case involving an innovative label printer and successfully defended against two motions for preliminary injunction. 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.). Obtained voluntarily dismissal with prejudice for Alcatel-Lucent after a favorable claim construction ruling in a patent infringement case involving Power-over-Ethernet switching products. After the dismissal, 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 district court granted Teva’s motion for judgment as a matter of law that Teva did not induce infringement of the asserted patent. The case is pending appeal.
  • Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. (D. Mass.). Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement for Teva in a patent infringement case involving test methods for low molecular weight heparins. The district court’s ruling was affirmed by the Federal Circuit.  See Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., 809 F.3d 610 (Fed. Cir. 2015).
Professional Experience

In 2018, Mr. Frederickson was selected by the firm to participate in LEAD Boston, a year-long program focused on leadership and social justice.

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.

Mr. Frederickson also devotes a significant amount of his time representing pro bono clients in a variety of matters. Mr. Frederickson has represented wrongfully convicted clients seeking exoneration through DNA testing through the New England Innocence Project (NEIP). He has also represented clients seeking asylum through the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR). He has also worked with the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and Prisoners’ Legal Services in lawsuits that raise constitutional and civil rights issues.


Mr. Frederickson has been named a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers magazine each year from 2013 – 2018, an award given to no more than 2.5% of eligible attorneys.

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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