Biography

A member of Fox Rothschild’s Intellectual Property Group, Joe focuses his practice in all fields of intellectual property law. He has extensive experience in intellectual property litigation and is experienced in patent prosecution relating to chemical and computer-related inventions.

Joe has been lead trial counsel in many important intellectual property cases and has significant first-chair experience in patent and trademark jury trials. In one of his more recent cases, Get-A-Grip, II, Inc. v. Hornell Brewing Co., Inc., 2000 WL 1201570 (E.D. Pa. 2000), Joe led a litigation team to successfully defend the makers of AriZona brand iced tea in a patent infringement suit by invalidating the patent on summary judgment, and by convincingly arguing on appeal that summary judgment was properly granted.

Joe also was lead counsel in the appellate phase of the landmark case of Chiuminatta Concrete Concepts, Inc. v. Cardinal Industries, Inc., 145 F.3d 1303 (Fed. Cir. 1998), in which he succeeded in reversing the trial court's decision convincing the Federal Circuit to find non-infringement of the principal patent in suit.

In another notable case, Tarkett v. Congoleum, 32 U.S.P.Q. 2d 1359 (E.D. Pa. 1994), Joe led a trial team to a successful defense of its client against a charge of patent infringement. After a three-week trial, the jury in the Tarkett case returned a verdict of non-infringement and an advisory verdict that the plaintiff had obtained its patent by inequitable conduct. On the basis of the advisory verdict, the court in Tarkett awarded Joe’s client its attorneys’ fees and costs.

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to joining the firm, Joe was managing partner at Synnestvedt & Lechner, LLP – a boutique intellectual property firm based in Philadelphia and Princeton. Prior to joining Synnestvedt, he was an associate at Woodcock Washburn, and served as a research engineer for Arco Chemical Company before going into practice.

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Joe has been a volunteer attorney for the Support Center for Child Advocates since 2005. He is the author of articles on topics in intellectual property and has been an invited speaker at continuing legal education and professional association meetings, including the Pennsylvania Intellectual Property Law Association.

Honors & Awards

  • Included in a list of "Super Lawyers" in the field of Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers Magazine (Corporate Counsel Edition) (2009 and 2010)
  • Included in a list of "Super Lawyers" by Philadelphia Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine (2005-2007 and 2009-2012)
  • Included in “Super Lawyers Business Edition” in the area of Intellectual Property (2013)