Frederick H. Colen is a seasoned intellectual property attorney, accomplishing more than 40 years of IP law practice. His deep experience has been in U.S. and foreign patent, trademark, copyright and other related intellectual property matters and disputes. Fred is also highly adept in licensing of proprietary technology and know-how in both domestic and foreign matters.
Fred has been appointed by the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania as a Special Master to the Court in patent infringement matters. In addition, as a certified Alternative Dispute Resolution neutral, he has served the court as a mediator, arbitrator and early neutral evaluator for patent, trademark and copyright disputes.
Prior to joining The Webb Law Firm, Fred served as former head of the Intellectual Property Group at Reed Smith. In addition, he was previously president and a board member of TechLaw Group, Inc., an international network of 25 U.S. and foreign law firms with over 8,000 lawyers committed to serving the legal needs of businesses, institutions and individuals involved with technology and intellectual property issues across the globe.
Fred remains an active participant in many intellectual property organizations and events locally and nationally. He has also authored numerous articles related to his significant IP experience and continues to instruct and provide updates to businesses and educational institutions.
Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Western District of Pennsylvania, Third Circuit
Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
Northern District of Georgia
U.S. Supreme Court
Emory University, School of Law, J.D., Atlanta, GA, 1975
Tufts University, B.S. Chemical Engineering, Medford, MA, 1969
Professional Associations and Memberships
American Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Allegheny County Bar Association
Georgia Bar Association
International Trademark Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Past Employment Positions
Reed Smith LLP, Former Head and Deputy Head of the Intellectual Property Group, 1979-2016
Bayer Corporation, Staff Intellectual Property Attorney, 1975-1979
US Public Health Service, Lieutenant, 1971-1973
Shell Oil Company, Staff Chemical Engineer, 1969-1971
Honors & Awards
Best Lawyers in America (1999-present), Copyright Law; Litigation- IP Law; Litigation- Patent Law; Patent Law; Trademark Law
Chambers USA (2003-present), America’s leading intellectual property lawyers
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (multiple years)
Superlawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition- Intellectual Property (2010)