Mareesa Frederick

Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP

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Washington 20268 DC US

Mareesa A. Frederick focuses on complex, high-stakes intellectual property litigation, with a particular emphasis on Section 337 proceedings before the International Trade Commission (ITC). She was named by The Legal 500 U.S. as a Next Generation Lawyer for ITC patent litigation. Mareesa also has extensive experience counseling clients on pre-trial strategy, strategic licensing opportunities, and patent portfolios.

Mareesa has litigated numerous cases in a broad range of technologies including cosmetics, pharmaceutical products, manufacturing processes, biotechnology, polymers, semiconductor chips and packaging, kinesiotherapy devices, tunable lasers, mobile telephones, digital cameras, television and computer monitors, inkjet cartridges, printing plates, LED lighting, and automotive parts.

She has also litigated cases involving design patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and trade dress claims. Prior to rejoining the firm, Mareesa was a senior investigative attorney at the ITC and served as lead government counsel in a number of Section 337 cases before the ITC involving patents for mechanical, electrical, and consumer products.

In addition, she has extensive technical experience in polymer processing through her previous employment with Mobil Chemical, Films Division where she worked as a R&D engineer and a process engineer. Mareesa devotes a significant amount of time to pro bono matters. The Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll recently recognized her for those contributions.

She has represented clients through the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and has participated in Finnegans criminal pro bono program, representing clients before the D.C. Superior Court. She now focuses her pro bono efforts on advocating for children with special education needs and has also led the effort at Finnegan to establish a formal special education program.

In addition to her patent practice at Finnegan, Mareesa has served as an adjunct professor at Howard University for six years, teaching patent law to engineering students. She also served as an adjunct professor at Howard University Law school for two years, where she taught patent law and patent policy courses.

Education :

  • George Washington University, National Law Center J.D., Law, with honors, 2002
  • Georgia Institute of Technology B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1997
  • Spelman College B.S., Chemistry, magna cum laude, 1997

Admissions :

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Activities :

  • American Bar Association (Business Law Fellow, Business Law Section, 2018-2020)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (Editorial Board, AIPLA Quarterly Journal, 2018-2021)
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (Women in IP Law, 2018-present)
  • Alfred Street Baptist Church (council member of Legal & Governance Committee, 2018-present)
  • National Bar Association (webinar coordinator and editor IP Newsletter, Intellectual Property Committee, 2013-2013; treasurer, 2014-2014; secretary, 2015-2016; member of Executive Board, 2017-2017)
  • Women’s Bar Association (co-chair, Working Parents Committee, 2013-present; co-chair, IP Committee, 2016-present)
  • International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association (editor, Section 337 Reporter, Summer Associate edition, 2013-2016; member of Executive Committee, 2017-present)


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