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Fred M. Romano has been advising clients on intellectual property and commercial matters for more than 25 years. He negotiates complex business agreements involving sale and licensing of intellectual property rights. His experience includes formation of technology partnerships and development of licensing programs based on copyrights, trademarks and patents. A significant portion of Fred’s practice is devoted to start-up companies. He frequently advises new clients on how to best protect products under domestic and international intellectual property laws. Fred is available to provide presentations tailored to the needs of small companies and business groups on protecting and leveraging their intellectual property. He also counsels clients on patent, copyright and trademark infringement concerns, litigation, cost effective dispute resolution and avoiding liability.

Fred implements comprehensive intellectual property protection strategies for emerging market opportunities and creates patent portfolios that maximize company valuations. He has developed trademark and patent strategies in a diverse group of industries, including consumer electronics, wind power, medical systems and solar energy. He has technical expertise in physics, biophysics, chemistry, materials science, analog and digital circuitry, electro optics, semiconductor products, data processing systems and several medical technologies. His patent filings also cover the fields of nanotechnology, imaging systems, software, LEDs and RF communications. A growing emphasis in Fred’s practice is protecting innovations in the diverse software application market for handheld devices.

In his transactional practice, Fred reviews, prepares and negotiates agreements for commercial sales, including value added reseller agreements and sales representative agreements. He also drafts agreements for technical consulting services, R&D, technology transfers and licensing. When clients disclose proprietary information to potential partners, customers and contractors, appropriate terms are provided to assure confidentiality, and assessments are made of whether to file provisional patent applications.

Before joining the Firm as a shareholder, Fred served as license attorney, intellectual property counsel and the commercial transactions attorney for multiple business units and several international manufacturing operations in three Fortune 500 electronics corporations. He has extensive experience in developing intellectual property programs, securing patent rights, negotiations and the settlement of infringement matters. Prior to beginning his legal career, Fred was with the U.S. Department of the Navy and the U.S. Department of Transportation as a materials engineer, research scientist and manager of R&D programs.

Areas of Practice:
All areas of Intellectual Property Law and Commercial Transactions

Recent Speaking Engagements:
Can You Keep a Secret? Considerations When Protecting Trade Secrets, before the Association of Corporate Counsel, Orlando, Florida, September 2016

Bar Admissions
  • Florida
  • Texas
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Education
  • George Washington University School of Government and Business Administration, MPA (1985)
  • George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia, JD (1984)
  • University of Florida MS, Physics (1975)
  • University of Central Florida, BS, Physics (1972)
Awards/ Recognitions
  • Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law