Frederick L. Cottrell, III

Director

302.651.7509
302.498.7509 (fax)
cottrell@rlf.com
Fred Cottrell focuses his practice on various areas of litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property, antitrust, products liability, and commercial law. Head of Richards Layton's IP Group and vice chair of the firm's Litigation Department, Fred represents parties in significant intellectual property litigation before the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and in Delaware state courts.
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  • Represented industry leaders such as Google, Micron Technology, Toshiba, and Lenovo in defense of non-practicing entity patent litigation in Delaware
  • Represented Advanced Micro Devices in products liability cases in Delaware
  • Represented AMD in the AMD v. Intel antitrust litigation
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Fred Cottrell focuses his practice on various areas of litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property, antitrust, products liability, and commercial law. Head of Richards Layton's IP Group and vice chair of the firm's Litigation Department, Fred represents parties in significant intellectual property litigation before the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and in Delaware state courts.

A prominent figure in Delaware District Court practice and intellectual property law in Delaware, Fred has spoken at numerous seminars in his fields of practice, including at the Federal Circuit Bar Association on the use of injunctions in patent cases and at the ABA spring meeting on judicially assisted ADR. He has also been a frequent speaker on Delaware District Court practice.

Fred serves on various bar committees in his fields of practice. He is currently the chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation Division Advisory Committee for the Delaware Superior Court and past co-chair of the Delaware District Court's IP Advisory Committee.

Experience

  • Represented industry leaders such as Google, Micron, Toshiba, and Lenovo in defense of non-practicing entity patent litigation in Delaware
  • Represented Advanced Micro Devices in products liability cases in Delaware
  • Represented AMD in the AMD v. Intel antitrust litigation
  • Represented Occidental Chemical Corporation in products liability cases in Delaware
  • Represented Shire Pharmaceuticals in various litigation against competitors
  • Represented Under Armour in trademark litigation in Delaware
  • Represented Whirlpool in refrigerator patent technology against LG

Publications

  • Product Liability Desk Reference, Daller, ed., Delaware chapter, 2016   View >
  • "Nonpracticing Entities: Come to Delaware," The Federal Lawyer, Oct/Nov 2013   View >
  • "Doing Business in United States: Delaware," Practical Law Company, 2011   View >
  • "Doing Business in United States: Delaware," Practical Law Company, 2009   View >
  • Product Liability Desk Reference, Daller, ed., Delaware chapter, 2013
  • ANDA Litigation, Kenneth Dorsney, ed., Delaware chapter, 2012
  • Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Robert L. Haig, ed., Delaware chapter, 2010

Presentations

  • "Patent Litigation 2017," September 13, 2017
  • "Delaware's Business Courts: Recent Developments and Best Practices," May 16, 2014
  • "The Complex Commercial Litigation Division of the Delaware Superior Court: A New Venue in Delaware," September 24, 2010
  • ""A Conversation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office"," May 24, 2010

Awards

  • Chambers USA, Intellectual Property
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Wilmington, DE Patent Law Lawyer of the Year, 2017 
  • Delaware Today Top Lawyer, Intellectual Property
  • Super Lawyers
  • IAM 250 – The World’s Leading Patent Litigators
  • IAM 1000 The World's Leading Patent Professionals
  • Lawdragon

Leadership

  • Complex Commercial Litigation Division Advisory Committee for the Superior Court of the State of Delaware, Chair
  • Delaware Expenditure Review Committee, by appointment of the Governor 
  • Delaware District Court, Intellectual Property Law Advisory Committee, Past Co-Chair 
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section, Past Chair 
  • University of Delaware, Presidential Selection Committee 
  • University of Delaware, Center for Political Communication, Advisory Council
  • University of Delaware, Parents Fund Council, Past Co-Chair 

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Dickinson School of Law, 1988
  • B.A., Biological Sciences, magna cum laude, University of Delaware, 1985

Admitted to Practice

  • Delaware
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Pro Bono Activities

  • Boy Scouts of America – Del-Mar-Va Council, Advisory Committee
  • Selective Service System for Delaware, Board Member 
  • St. Edmond’s Academy, Corporate Board Member

Practices

  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation

Experience

  • Represented industry leaders such as Google, Micron, Toshiba, and Lenovo in defense of non-practicing entity patent litigation in Delaware
  • Represented Advanced Micro Devices in products liability cases in Delaware
  • Represented AMD in the AMD v. Intel antitrust litigation
  • Represented Occidental Chemical Corporation in products liability cases in Delaware
  • Represented Shire Pharmaceuticals in various litigation against competitors
  • Represented Under Armour in trademark litigation in Delaware
  • Represented Whirlpool in refrigerator patent technology against LG

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Dickinson School of Law, 1988
  • B.A., Biological Sciences, magna cum laude, University of Delaware, 1985

Publications

  • Product Liability Desk Reference, Daller, ed., Delaware chapter, 2016   View >
  • "Nonpracticing Entities: Come to Delaware," The Federal Lawyer, Oct/Nov 2013   View >
  • "Doing Business in United States: Delaware," Practical Law Company, 2011   View >
  • "Doing Business in United States: Delaware," Practical Law Company, 2009   View >
  • Product Liability Desk Reference, Daller, ed., Delaware chapter, 2013
  • ANDA Litigation, Kenneth Dorsney, ed., Delaware chapter, 2012
  • Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Robert L. Haig, ed., Delaware chapter, 2010

Presentations

  • "Patent Litigation 2017," September 13, 2017
  • "Delaware's Business Courts: Recent Developments and Best Practices," May 16, 2014
  • "The Complex Commercial Litigation Division of the Delaware Superior Court: A New Venue in Delaware," September 24, 2010
  • ""A Conversation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office"," May 24, 2010

Awards

  • Chambers USA, Intellectual Property
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Wilmington, DE Patent Law Lawyer of the Year, 2017 
  • Delaware Today Top Lawyer, Intellectual Property
  • Super Lawyers
  • IAM 250 – The World’s Leading Patent Litigators
  • IAM 1000 The World's Leading Patent Professionals
  • Lawdragon

Leadership

  • Complex Commercial Litigation Division Advisory Committee for the Superior Court of the State of Delaware, Chair
  • Delaware Expenditure Review Committee, by appointment of the Governor 
  • Delaware District Court, Intellectual Property Law Advisory Committee, Past Co-Chair 
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section, Past Chair 
  • University of Delaware, Presidential Selection Committee 
  • University of Delaware, Center for Political Communication, Advisory Council
  • University of Delaware, Parents Fund Council, Past Co-Chair