Frederic Rocafort, Attorney

Frederic Rocafort

Fred leads Harris Bricken’s intellectual property practice and is the coordinator of the firm’s international team. Much of Fred’s practice consists of helping cannabis businesses protect their brands. He also works with entrepreneurs and companies entering the Web3 space, a new frontier for IP law. Prior to joining Harris Bricken, Fred worked overseas for more than a decade, in both government and private sector roles. Fred is a regular contributor to the award-winning China Law Blog and Canna Law Blog.

Fred began his career overseas as a U.S. consular officer in Guangzhou, China, where he advocated for fairer treatment of American companies and citizens in China and for stronger intellectual property rights enforcement. After entering the private sector, Fred worked at a Shanghai law firm as a foreign legal advisor and later joined one of the oldest American law firms in China, helping foreign companies navigate the Chinese legal environment. He also led the legal team at a Hong Kong-based brand protection consultancy, spending most of his time out in the field, protecting clients against counterfeiters and fraudsters in Greater China, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

In addition to his IP work, as a native Spanish speaker, Fred works closely with different Harris Bricken teams on Latin America and Spain matters. Fred also provides advice to cannabis industry participants and other businesses on import and export transactions.

Fred is an ardent supporter of FC Barcelona—and would be even in the absence of Catalan forebears who immigrated to Puerto Rico in the mid-1800s.

What clients have to say about Frederic

Harris Bricken has been our first call in the legal industry for a long time now. Jonathan Bench and Fred Rocafort are always able to answer questions and resolve issues and are real experts in international business transactions and intellectual property law. They have developed smart and efficient strategies for our company that have brought great results. I would not hesitate to recommend this law firm to anyone doing international business.

Rian Berry, Vice President of Product and Sourcing | Empire Managed Solutions LLC

More About Frederic

Trends and Topics in International Law, WSBA webinar, September 9, 2022.

Protecting Your Brand & Intellectual Property, KushCon Tampa, August 6, 2022.

The Cannabis Revolution, Florida State University, July 21, 2022.

Southeast Asia intellectual property roadshow, USPTO webinar, July 18, 2022.

Challenges of Sourcing 5 Key Industrial Components in Mexico, East West Associates webinar, June 28, 2022.

Protecting, Monetizing and Enforcing Cannabis Intellectual Property, Harris Bricken webinar, June 14, 2022.

The Impact of Cannabis and Web3 Crossover: NFTs, DAOs, and Tokens, MyLawCLE, May 27, 2022.

Delta-8 and other Cannabinoids, Regulated or Not? Panel Discussion, and the Impact of Cannabis NFT’s and Web3 Crossover, MyLawCLE, April 22, 2022.

Committee Insights: Protecting Innovations in Cannabis Technology, National Cannabis Industry Association, April 19, 2022.

Guest Lecturer, Copyright Licensing in China and Related Issues, University of California Berkeley School of Law, March 30, 2022.

Guest Lecturer, Intellectual Property and Cannabis, Willamette University College of Law, March 28, 2022.

IP and Trademark Protection in the Global Marketplace, Global Auto Industry Audio Interview, March 19, 2022.

Cannabis: A Global New High – Africa Panel, Clifford Chance Webinar, December 8, 2021.

China Update, Florida State University, December 6, 2021

Doing Business in the U.S. Market, Chamber of Commerce of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, November 4, 2021.

UMass Law International Law Virtual Career Conference, October 8, 2021.

IP Monetization 2021 Around The World, Technoeconomics 4th Annual Symposium, September 27, 2021

Reconfiguring Global Supply Chain Footprint, East West Associates webinar, June 24, 2021.

Padrón Nacional de Usarios de Telefonía Móvil, American Chamber of Commerce Mexico, May 26, 2021.

Evolución económica de Taiwán, Universidad Anáhuac, March 18, 2021.

Protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights in Southeast Asia: what small businesses need to know, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), March 4, 2021.

Counseling Your First Cannabis Client: Marijuana vs. Hemp, State vs. Feds, and Other Key Issues, Washington State Bar Association, February 2, 2021.

China Roundtable: IP Monetization and Trade, Technoeconomics 3rd Annual Symposium, September 28, 2020.

Navigating PPE Purchases from China, HB Conferences Webinar, April 23, 2020.

Guest Lecturer, Comparative IPR Law, California Western School of Law, March 5, 2020.

The New Era of Doing Business in the US, Madrid Chamber of Commerce, Madrid, Spain, November 7, 2019.

Protección de la propiedad intelectual: Diferentes perspectivas, Universidad Anáhuac, May 7, 2020.

The Fight Against Counterfeiting: Views from the Frontlines, Florida State University, March 1, 2018.

Effects of COVID-19 on Doing Business with China, WTC Utah Webinar, March 19, 2020.

Important Tips for Protecting your IP from China, GlobalAuto Industry Audio Interview, October 7, 2019.

Co-Host of Harris Bricken’s Global Law and Business Podcast.

Taiwan’s foreign firms weigh future amid China risk, COVID curbs, Al Jazeera, August 19, 2022.

Lawmakers Should Clarify Drug Paraphernalia Import Provisions, Trade Law Daily, August 17, 2022.

Delta-8 THC: At The Nexus Of Legality, Lawsuits, Media Post, June 3, 2022.

Man Recounts Forced Labor Experience In China, NTD, May 10, 2022.

Hackers Are Stealing NFTs, and It’s Not As Easy as You Think, HackerNoon, March 14, 2022.

Solar Supply Chains Move Away from China, NTD, January 27, 2022.

Businesses Consider Leaving China for Mexico, NTD, January 6, 2022.

China’s Housing Market Is on Course to Crash, The Dispatch, October 14, 2021.

China Deploys Aircraft Near Taiwan, The Dispatch, October 5, 2021.

China’s pricey ultimatum, World News, July 29, 2021.

Cointreau, Mars Wrigley File Trademark Suits Against Cannabis/CBD Companies, Media Post, July 29, 2021.

How China Uses Forced Labor in Xinjiang, NTD, May 18, 2021.

USPTO Refusal To Register Cannabis TMs Hurts Public, Law360, May 3, 2021.

The Morning Dispatch: China Provokes Taiwan With Airspace Incursion“, The Dispatch, April 12, 2021.

China Continues to Crack Down on Hong Kong and Uyghurs. Should the U.S. Boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing? The Dispatch, March 12, 2021.

China awaits a new US ambassador as names circulate in WashingtonSouth China Morning Post. February 24, 2021.

U.S. Military Posturing Across the GlobeThe Dispatch, December 23, 2020.

The Last Vaccine Hurdle, The Dispatch, December 4, 2020.

Wilbur Ross Remained on Chinese Joint Venture Board While Running U.S.-China Trade War, Foreign Policy, October 29, 2020.

‘You Work Like Animals’: Inside China’s Vast Prison Labor System, Epoch Times, September 2, 2020.

Xinjiang’s sprawling conglomerate may be biggest ever to face US sanctionsSouth China Morning Post, August 24, 2020.

‘It’s So Much Worse Than Anyone Expected.’ Why Hong Kong’s National Security Law Is Having Such a Chilling Effect, Time,  July 23, 2020.

Security law, US sanctions complicate operations for HK fund firms, Ignites Asia,  July 21, 2020.

China’s Crackdown on Hong Kong Is About Intimidation, The Dispatch, July 3, 2020.

Hong Kong’s National Security Law Has Left Lawyers Uneasy, Law360, June 9, 2020.

Sanctions, new tariffs? What it means for US to certify Hong Kong as not autonomous from China, The Straits Times, May 28, 2020.

International Trademark Association

Asociación Interamericana de la Propiedad Intelectual

  • Anti-Piracy Committee

Washington State Bar Association

  • Communications Chair, International Practice Section
  • Intellectual Property Section

The Florida Bar

  • International Law Section

Certificate in Chinese IP Law, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

  • University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D.)
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong (L.L.M., Chinese Business Law)
  • University of Michigan (B.A.)
  • London School of Economics (General Course)
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Washington State
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Spanish (Fluent)
  • Chinese (Intermediate)