Dr. Freund has more than 30 years of experience in intellectual property law, and has drafted more than 270 issued patents in fields which include chemistry, physics, and biotechnology in general, and actinide chemistry, explosives, conducting polymer films and fibers, ionic liquids, solar cells, lasers including x-ray lasers, nuclear physics, plasma physics, ultrasonic devices, optics, environmental science, trace species detection, cryogenic liquids, flow cytometry, anthrax strain identification, protection against anthrax toxin, improvement in plant growth and other properties, protein solubility quantification and improvement, polymorphism detection and identification, DNA and protein identification using mass spectrometry, surgical instrumentation, removal of unwanted species from waste streams, and analytical chemistry, to name a few specific areas. He started his career in intellectual property as a patent trainee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
After studying molecular beam reactive scattering and electric resonance spectroscopy as a graduate student, Dr. Freund spent 3 years at the National Research Council in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada as a postdoctorate Fellow research physicist in high-resolution spectroscopy involving lasers and microwave technology. He then joined the National Bureau of Standards in Gaithersburg, Maryland as a laser physicist in the Division of Optical Physics where he did research laser spectroscopy and laser isotope separation. Dr. Freund joined the laser isotope separation effort at the University of California Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico as a laser physicist in 1975. In 1978 he became a patent trainee and attended the University of New Mexico from which he received a J.D. degree in 1981. Dr. Freund has published more than 50 refereed technical journal articles, and is the inventor or co-inventor of 7 patents in laser isotope separation and other subjects.
For the next 29 years, as an attorney at Los Alamos and at Cochran Freund & Young LLC, Dr. Freund prepared and negotiated cooperative research and development agreements, joint development agreements, funds-in agreements, large procurement agreements, nonexclusive and exclusive patent and software license agreements, intellectual property assignment agreements, and material transfer and bailment agreements; prepared patent opinions; handled infringement matters, inventorship disputes, and assisted in patent litigation; and served as an expert witness in intellectual property matters, as well as maintaining a large docket of patent and trademark application, preparation and prosecution. Dr. Freund has a reading knowledge of French and German.
- Supreme Court
- Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Patent and Trademark Office, Registered Patent Attorney, 1981
- New Mexico Bar, 1981
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
- American Chemical Society
- American Physical Society
- National Ski Patrol