Frederick A. Tecce is the office managing partner of Ice Miller’s Philadelphia office. Fred combines his trial experience as a former assistant U.S. attorney in the criminal division with his engineering background in representing clients in trade secret, patent and other intellectual property matters. A registered patent attorney, Fred brings to the courtroom his to-the-point communication skills honed through years of experience as a national television commentator.
 
A former law clerk to Judge Anthony J. Scirica, Fred has been involved in more than 200 IP matters—more than 100 as lead counsel—including patent, antitrust, copyright, trademark, cyber-squatting, domain name misappropriation, idea misappropriation and unfair competition matters. Fred is experienced in- handling cases on behalf of IP owners and in defense of charges of infringement and misappropriation in industries such as consumer products and appliances, medical devices, juvenile products, building materials, cosmetics, aircraft manufacturing, telecommunications and artificial turf.
 
In addition to his IP practice, over the years Fred handled significant criminal defense matters, including the kidnapping and killing of a federal witness and organized crime, bank robbery and false reporting cases. He also represented parties through trial in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. A commercial pilot, Fred also has represented plaintiffs in a number of significant aviation accident cases.
 
Fred serves on the faculty at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). He is often called upon to comment on various matters and has appeared countless times on many national networks such as Bloomberg News, The Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, HLN, Fox Business and NBC's The TODAY Show.
 
Fred enjoys aviation and has a 30-year career as a commercial, multi-engine, instrument-rated pilot with close to 5,000 hours. During this time, he operated several pressurized complex aircrafts. Keeping with his travel hobbies, he owns and operates a recreational vehicle. Fred has travelled as far south as Key Largo; as far west as Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon and as far north as Camden, Maine.
 
Fred is the father of four sons who keep him busy during his off-time with tennis, soccer and drama.
Selected Experience
Litigation Experience
  • First-chair experience in dozens of jury trials in state and federal courts
  • Represented clients from nationally-known public companies to small start-ups
  • Counsel of record in more than 400 federal court cases
  • Counsel of record in more than 200 intellectual property cases nationwide—more than 100 as lead counsel
Technical Experience
  • Bio-medical engineer with quantum physics concentration
  • Current commercial, multi-engine and instrument-rated pilot
  • Represented clients in industries including juvenile products, pharmaceuticals, computer hardware and software, medical devices, consumer products, building materials, cosmetics, commercial aircraft, telecommunications, artificial turf, golf products, internet technology and electronics
  • Professor of trial advocacy at NITA National Trial Seminars (2003-present)
  • Past professor of trial advocacy at Temple University LLM-Trial Program
  • Taught undergraduate courses at Temple University and Camden County College
Ice Miller News
Published In
  • More than 1500 appearances on national television and radio including Bloomberg News, The Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, HLN, Fox Business and NBC's The TODAY Show
  • Regular and featured legal commentator for Philadelphia's owned and operated Fox affiliate
  • Quoted in USA Today, Fortune Small Business and Time magazine on IP litigation and client matters 
Speaking Engagements
  • Frequent lecturer at Pennsylvania Bar Institute Annual IP Symposium on patents and trade secrets and the America Invents Act (AIA)
  • Speaker at 2014 American Bar Association Annual Intellectual Property Meeting
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