Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law
My experience as a design engineer and inventor provides a valuable touchstone for my litigation practice.

Fred Berretta

Partner

12790 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
858-707-4000

At a Glance

  • J.D. Harvard Law School
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • State Bar of California
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Profile 

Fred Berretta is a litigation partner in our San Diego office, and handles disputed matters for his clients in California and in venues throughout the United States, including in Nevada, Texas, and Delaware. 

Mr. Berretta has experience in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, including representing plaintiffs and defendants in patent, trademark, and trade secrets disputes. He primarily handles patent infringement cases in many different technology areas, including electronics and communications, software, telematics, medical devices, semiconductors, and mechanical devices. Mr. Berretta has experience in both jury and bench trials, as well as appellate work before the Federal Circuit.

Mr. Berretta has received the highest (AV) rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been recognized as a top patent litigator by numerous rating organizations including The Best Lawyers in America, San Diego Magazine, American Lawyer Media, the San Diego Daily Transcript, and Super Lawyers. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Berretta was a development engineer with Hewlett-Packard Company and is a co-inventor on a patent in the field of ink-jet technology. 

Mr. Berretta joined the firm in 1994 and became a partner in 1998.

Education

  • Harvard Law School (J.D. 1989), cum laude
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.S. Mechanical Engineering 1980)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. Mechanical Engineering 1979)
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