Derek M. Freitas

Associate

Cincinnati
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Overview

Derek Freitas assists companies of all sizes with enforcing their intellectual property rights across various adjudicative bodies. Derek represents intellectual property owners and accused infringers in pre-suit matters, in federal court, before the International Trade Commission and in alternative dispute resolution forums.

Select Experience

  • Defended renewable energy products company against claims of patent infringement through trial before the International Trade Commission.
  • Defended renewable energy products company against claims of patent infringement in federal court.
  • Defended consumer products company against claims of patent infringement, trade-secret misappropriation and breach of contract involving consumer textile products.
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Experience

  • Defended renewable energy products company against claims of patent infringement through trial before the International Trade Commission.
  • Defended renewable energy products company against claims of patent infringement in federal court.
  • Defended consumer products company against claims of patent infringement, trade-secret misappropriation and breach of contract involving consumer textile products.
  • Defended various software companies against claims of patent infringement.
  • Developed and executed a trademark enforcement system for an Internet privacy company issuing numerous takedown requests.
  • Represented Internet privacy company on claims of copyright infringement against third party forking application code causing crash reports on company servers.
  • Represented product manufacturer in a Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) action on a claim of trademark infringement against bad actors defrauding consumers via imposter websites.
  • Conducted patent invalidity and non-infringement analysis across a range of technologies.
  • Defended company in land transaction dispute.
  • Advised Fortune 500 company on compliance matters.
  • Drafted various work for hire agreements for multinational entertainment and Fortune 500 company.
  • Represented various entities in managing nationwide data security incident requiring notification to constituents and administrative bodies.
  • Counseled company through issues of liability concerning co-ownership with a government entity.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Section, Public Relations Committee:  Co-Chair
  • Cincinnati Bar Foundation
    • Trustee
  • Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA
  • American Bar Association

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable Michael R. Barrett, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio: Judicial Extern
  • BakerHostetler
    • Law Clerk, Intellectual Property Department (2018 to 2019)
    • Summer Associate (2018)
  • Erie Crime Analysis Center: Intern

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Ohio

Education

  • J.D., Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, 2019, magna cum laude; The Northern Kentucky Law Review, Associate Editor
  • B.S., Computer Science, Minor in Information Technology, St. John Fisher College, 2016, cum laude

Blog

In The Blogs

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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
2020 Patent Litigation: Year in Review
By Derek M. Freitas
March 24, 2021
2020 was a year of turmoil and unexpected events. While many businesses struggled throughout the year, patent litigation experienced an uptick across the board. According to Docket Navigator, 2020 was the first year to see an increase in...
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