Donald F. Frei

Donald F. Frei

Of Counsel
Cincinnati, Ohio

Donald F. Frei is of counsel with Wood, Herron & Evans and is involved in all phases of the firm's IP practice. His expertise is concentrated in the areas of domestic and international (including the European Community and Pacific Rim) patents and trademarks. He also focuses on counseling, licensing, litigation, preparation and negotiation of agreements and intellectual property enforcement strategy.

Admitted to the Ohio bar in 1965 and the District Of Columbia Bar in 1982, Donald is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Since joining Wood, Herron & Evans in 1965, Donald has been listed in the Intellectual Property section of The Best Lawyers In America continuously since its inception and has served as a panelist on many professional forums relating to various aspects of intellectual property. Donald is also co-author of What Every Engineer Should Know About Patents.

Donald received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1961. He then obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law School in 1965. Donald is an past member of the Advisory Board of I.P. Litigator, and serves on the Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the Northern Kentucky University College of Law.

Donald is an active member of the American, Ohio and Cincinnati Bar Associations, as well as the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He is a past chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Ohio Bar Association.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1965

Areas of Practice

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Trademarks

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1965
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1963
  • District of Columbia, 1982


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1965
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
    • B.S. - 1961
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering

Published Works

  • Co-Author, What Every Engineer Should Know About Patents

Representative Clients

  • Official Bugle Boy, L.L.C.
  • GRK Manufacturing Company
  • Global Debt Registry
  • Allied Managed Care Incorporated
  • Acclamation Insurance Management Services, Inc.
  • Vion Holdings LLC


  • Adjunct Professor, Intellectual Property Law, Northern Kentucky University Law School, 1988 - 2002

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in the Intellectual Property Section of The Best Lawyers in America® continuously since the 1991- 1992 Edition
  • Listed in the Intellectual Property Section of Ohio Super Lawyers continuously since 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • CincyIP
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Ohio Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Past Chair
  • I.P. Litigator, Advisory Board, Past Member
  • Panel of Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association, Member