(Fredrick Linton Medlin)
Of Counsel-Senior Appellate Attorney
Lin is an appellate attorney with extensive experience in analyzing and briefing complex legal issues. He argued for the prevailing Appellees in the landmark case, Egyptian Goddess, Inc. v. Swisa, Inc., 543 F.3d 665, (Fed. Cir. 2008) (en banc), in which the Federal Circuit dramatically changed the standards applicable to design patent infringement. American Lawyer Magazine’s AmLaw Daily named Lin “Litigator of the Week” in September 2008 for his work on this case. In addition to patent litigation, in recent years Lin’s practice has focused on appellate work, commercial and tort litigation, and intellectual property cases involving software copyrights, software licensing, trademarks and trade names, First Amendment, and misappropriation of trade secrets. He holds an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest peer review rating. His current civic involvement includes serving as a Commissioner on the City of Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission.
Lin received a B.F.A. with Highest Honors from Southern Methodist University, was a Kress Foundation Fellow doing graduate work at Oberlin College, and received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an Articles Editor on what is now named the Yale Journal of International Law. After Yale he was trained in litigation for five years at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, usually considered the single most prestigious law firm in the world.
Recent Publications and Speaking Engagements
Recent Decision Reads Egyptian Goddess Correctly: Functionality Is Critical To Design Patent Analysis, 78 BNA’S PATENT, TRADEMARK & COPYRIGHT JOURNAL 17 (May 1, 2009).
Speaker, April 3, 2009, as part of “Hot Topics in Design Law: Fifth Avenue to Main Street—Egyptian Goddess, Runway Chic and Dominoes,” American Bar Association’s 24th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference in Arlington, Virginia, and in conjunction, author of a paper, “The New Rules for Design Patent Infringement After Egyptian Goddess.”
Speaker, “Design Patents after Egyptian Goddess,” Texas State Bar Intellectual Property Law Advanced Course 2009, San Antonio, March 6, 2009, and in conjunction, author of “Design Patent Infringement After Egyptian Goddess,” Texas State Bar CLE materials.
Functionality of Individual Features in Design Patents: A New Role After Egyptian Goddess, 77 BNA’S PATENT, TRADEMARK & COPYRIGHT JOURNAL 139 (December 5, 2008).
“Farewell to the Point of Novelty Test: The Egyptian Goddess Case Changes the Rules for Design Patent Infringement,” K&L Gates webinar, October 29, 2008.
“Egyptian Goddess v. Swisa: Fundamental Change for Design Patent Law,” Practicing Law Institute Webinar, October 17, 2008.
“A Post Argument Discussion on Egyptian Goddess v. Swisa,” a Federal Circuit Bar Association Webinar, June 2, 2008.
State Bar Admissions
New York, California (Inactive) and Texas
United States Supreme Court
United States Courts of Appeals - Fifth & Federal Circuits
United States District Court - Eastern, Northern, Southern & Western Districts of Texas
United States District Court - Southern District of New York