Fred represents clients in a wide variety of industries including high technology, Internet and electronic commerce, financial institutions, chemical companies, public entities and Native American tribes. He focuses on litigation in the areas of intellectual property, financial institutions, complex commercial disputes, environment enforcement defense and Native American issues. Fred has served as First Chair in multiple jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, mediations and appellate matters.
Represented major telecommunications company in defense of government investigation allegation of improper management of consumer protected/private information and hazardous and universal waste. Obtained $1.2M settlement for Federal banking regulator from former officers and directors of failed bank. Obtained patent infringement verdict and judgment of $5.85M, plus 10% royalty on behalf of manufacturer of polymer fibers, against importer and distributor of infringing products. After a two week jury trial in the Northern District of Texas, the jury returned a verdict finding the patents infringed and valid and rejecting defendants’ claims of unenforceability. Obtained $1.73M in jury verdicts in two separate trials for small business owners who were exposed to pathogens in recycled water after defendants misconnected an irrigation line to potable water line. Represented floor cleaning equipment manufacturer in defense of two week patent jury trial in Southern District of California. Patent claims currently rejected by USPTO following reexamination. Obtained substantial confidential settlement on behalf of patent owner for its technology related to parking lot security. Obtained a ruling from Federal Court of Appeal affirming summary judgment dismissing trademark claims against our client. The court affirmed our client’s use of its registered trademark and dismissed plaintiff’s cancellation and infringement claims. Obtained multiple judgments of infringement against retailers who were violating the trademarks of major flower distribution network. Represented commercial vacuum manufacturer accused of patent infringement. Obtained evidence of invalidating prior sale of patented article, resulting in successful counterclaim of patent misuse. Client obtained attorneys’ fees and dismissal of patent suit in settlement. Represented major athletic shoe manufacturer in obtaining seizure order and temporary restraining order concerning knock-off tennis shoes that were in violation of client’s trademark and trade dress rights. Represented software development company in action against the Federal Trade Commission regarding claims unfair and deceptive practices; defeated FTC’s motion for preliminary injunction and obtained favorable settlement with no payment of fine.
Best Lawyers®, Commercial Litigation, 2023-present
Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating Top Lawyers, San Diego magazine, 2014-present
Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law, ALM, 2018
Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services, State Bar of California, 2005
JD, Golden Gate University, 1991
BA, University at Buffalo, with honors, 1988
Co-presenter. “Are You Exposed? What the Construction Industry Needs to Know About Cybersecurity,” Procopio’s Annual Construction Law Forum, webinar, November 10, 2022.
Presenter. “Key Takeaways from the Elizabeth Holmes (Theranos) Case,” SABPA webinar, March 11, 2022.
Co-author. “Steps To Take With Outside Counsel to Keep IP Litigation Budgets in Check,” LA Daily Journal, February 3, 2021.
Co-Presenter: “How To Work With Outside Counsel To Keep IP Litigation Budgets In Check,” Webinar, November 23, 2020. Video recording and PowerPoint.
Author. “Six Key Things To Know About The Recently Passed Prop 24 (CPRA),” November 5, 2020.
Co-Presenter. “Comparative Analysis Of Data Sharing & Contracts,” Future Series 2020 Virtual Conference, September 30, 2020. Co-Presenter. “Part 2: What The Future Holds With The Passage of CCPA,” August 18, 2020.
Speaker. “Webinar: The Cybersecurity Deficiencies that Create Liability: What You Must Know and Should Do”, Presented by Frederick K. Taylor and Cybersecurity Expert Sai Huda, July 8, 2020. Video recording and PowerPoint.
Author. “Tips for Preventing and Addressing Ransomware Attacks at Your Government or Casino,” Blogging Circle, July 6, 2020.
Author. “The Challenge Under CCPA of Verifying the Identities of Consumers Making Personal Data Requests,” November 5, 2019.
Co-Presenter. “What You Need to Know About Cybersecurity Laws and Data Protection” Meritas Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, April 4, 2019