Michael J. Freno


925 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2900
Seattle, WA 98104-1158

United States of America

Michael Freno is a partner in the firm’s Seattle office. He counsels clients on intellectual property matters and specializes in intellectual property litigation and opinions relating to validity and infringement.

Based on 15 years of litigation experience, Mr. Freno advises pharmaceutical companies on federal Hatch-Waxman litigations and Patent Office proceedings, including Inter Partes Review and Post-Grant Review. His litigations have involved all kinds of small molecule pharmaceuticals, dosage forms, and methods of use, including anti-HIV agents, beta-blockers, atypical anti-psychotics, chemotherapeutic agents, oral contraceptives, antidepressants, calcium-channel blockers, nitrogen scavenging drugs, hypothyroidism treatments, ADHD and ADD drugs.

Mr. Freno also counsels clients on all aspects of the regulatory and litigation strategy for successfully launching pharmaceutical products. Starting with product selection, Mr. Freno advises clients on design-around opportunities, performs patent landscape analyses, provides non-infringement and invalidity opinions, and counsels clients on FDA regulatory hurdles.

In addition to his pharmaceutical practice, Mr. Freno has successfully litigated IP cases across the United States, including patent cases of various technologies, including biologics (antibodies against the DR5 death receptor), polymers (fluoroelastomers), mechanical products (fiberglass reinforced doors) and electrical engineering technology (organic light emitting diodes and LCDs). Mr. Freno also has extensive experience in unfair competition, false advertising, and trademark infringement.


  • B.A., Kenyon College (1993)
    (magna cum laude)
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (1997)
  • J.D., Cornell Law School (2001)


Bar of New York, Bar of Washington, United States Patent and Trademark Office
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