Douglas A. Freedman

  • 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2800
  • Chicago, IL 60611
  • USA

Doug Freedman's practice focuses on intellectual property cases, including patent and trade dress matters. He also has been lead counsel on a wide variety of complex cases involving antitrust, trade secret, franchise, dealer termination and creditors' rights issues. Mr. Freedman has appeared in courts across the country, has argued before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and has tried a number of felony criminal matters in bench and jury trials.

His experience also includes a stint as a trial lawyer in the Office of the Public Defender of Cook County. He is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and numerous United States District Courts, including the Trial Bar of the USDC for the Northern District of Illinois.

Mr. Freedman has achieved highly favorable results at the trial court level and on appeal for his clients in their most important intellectual property litigation. He has litigated patents covering polymer compositions, oxygen-scavenging plastic containers, fuel injection systems for diesel engines, child-resistant closures, pharmaceutical containers, specialty valves for food service use and medical devices used in neurosurgery.

Mr. Freedman is active in the firm's pro bono program and is a member of the Litigation, Intellectual Property and Antitrust Sections of the American Bar Association.


In recent years, Mr. Freedman's successes include:

  • Complete defense victories in the trial and appellate courts on patent claims totaling more than US$1 billion against Owens-Illinois, Inc., Coca-Cola Enterprises and related companies, having been selected by the majority of his co-counsel (senior patent litigators from major firms across the country) to argue on their behalf in the Federal Circuit
  • Complete defense victories in the trial and appellate courts for Owens-Brockway Plastic Products, Inc., on patent and trade dress claims, including an award of attorneys' fees, as well as forcing plaintiff to pay substantial royalties on a patent counterclaim
  • An extraordinarily favorable settlement for Navistar, Inc. (f/k/a International Truck and Engine Corp.), permitting Navistar to continue manufacturing diesel engines and forcing the patentee – which sought nearly US$1 billion in damages from International – to take a US$50 million after-tax charge while the settlement had no material impact on International's finances
  • Summary judgment of no liability under federal and state antitrust laws in defending National Amusements, the parent company of Viacom and one of the leading motion picture exhibitors in the United States, against a competing theater owner's claim that National Amusements' business strategy constituted a conspiracy with motion picture distributors to monopolize the market for first-run motion pictures
  • Complete victory for Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Inc., in a “test case” wherein a dealer sought to invalidate Mitsubishi's exclusive dealership policy as a violation of Illinois statutes and public policy

Other representative clients include:

  • CCC Information Services
  • Continental PET Technologies, Inc.
  • Integra LifeSciences Holding Corporation
  • Libbey, Inc.
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