Joe’s practice is focused on patent prosecution and patent litigation. Joe uses his litigation experience in the preparation and prosecution of patents that can be licensed or otherwise enforced. Through his transactional and prosecution practice, Joe has developed an in-depth and practical understanding of the patent laws, rules, and United States Patent Office procedures, which he uses to his clients’ advantage in patent litigation.Joe’s litigation experience includes being a core team member on a number of patent cases at every stage of a case from pre-suit though appeal. Joe has been in trial before juries in patent case for more than thirty trial days. His transactional and prosecution experience includes preparing patent applications, preparing responses to Office Actions, conducting examiner interviews, preparing appeal briefs, analyzing patentability and clearance issues, and general intellectual property counseling.
Joe handles patent-related issues for a wide variety of technologies, including biomedical tools, automotive and motorcycle components, water management systems, and heating and cooling systems. Before attending law school, he worked as a design and process engineer at a plastics manufacturing company.
Joe has worked with solo inventors as well as large clients including 3M, Microsoft, Motorola, Honda, Donaldson Company, ADC Telecommunications, Red Wing Shoe Company, and Rudolph Technologies.
At Merchant & Gould, Joe serves on the diversity committee. Outside of the office, he enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, canoeing, snowboarding, motorcycling, and traveling.