Developing innovative strategies to protect my clients’ interests while working as a team to grow their business is a passion of mine.

Joe concentrates his practice on counseling his clients to achieve a strategic advantage through an intellectual property lens, focusing primarily on patent clearance, preparation, and prosecution. He also has experience performing due diligence and assisting with acquisitions. Joe additionally supports his colleagues in intellectual property disputes relating to patents, trademarks, and trade secrets.

Joe has written and prosecuted a litany of technology areas from food-forming machines to antennas, but primarily focusing on electromechanical and robotic systems in the surgical technologies and automotive spaces. Joe works with a range of clients including solo inventors, start-ups, and multi-national Fortune 500 companies.  

In addition to his intellectual property experience, Joe also acts as outside “general counsel” to businesses, serving as a "legal concierge" for his clients–handling matters personally and connecting clients with the right colleague for any legal matter that may arise. Joe takes a very involved, hands-on role, ensuring that the needs of the client are met.

Services

Intellectual Property

When ideas translate into products, processes, art, or authorship, we help clients protect their innovations and commercialize their work.

Credentials

Education

  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 2016
    • J.D.
  • Florida Institute of Technology, 2012
    • B.S., Molecular Biology

Memberships

  • Michigan IP Inn of Court, 2014-present, Member Chair 2022-present
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

Admissions

  • Michigan, 2016
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2017

Professional Achievements

  • Best Lawyers Ones to Watch 2023 - Intellectual Property

Community

Community

I support STEM education because it is crucial to the next generation of scientists and engineers.

I have a passion for STEM education and programming, especially when it is to introduce STEM topics to students who may not have exposure to many STEM topics and careers. Volunteering with Detroit Public Schools and participating in “Inventors Club” has been a very rewarding experience. The Inventors Club is the result of a formal Partnership between several attorneys at Howard & Howard and the Detroit Public School District at Brewer Academy, a K-8 school in North-East Detroit. The objective of the club is to foster an interest in STEM through exposure to first class experiments, labs, and experiences for 5th to 8th graders. The 2021-2022 year was focused on competing in the Invention Convention, which is a national STEM competition. Students earn the right to compete in the Invention Convention by first advancing through a Regional Convention and subsequently advancing in a State Convention. The competition has significant academic requirements including creating an invention, display boards, prototype, lab notebook, and delivering a live business pitch followed by a Q&A session with judges.

In addition to Inventors Club, I have participated with the Pontiac Phoenix Races which supports rising 9th-12th graders who reside in the city of Pontiac. The Pontiac Phoenix Races is a gravity-car race held in downtown Pontiac where students build cars big enough to ride in and race against each other. The program helps to generate interest in STEM education and careers by offering a hands-on building experience while networking with professionals in STEM-related fields. The program also includes an essay contest which offers 3-5 scholarships for any post-secondary education.

Additionally, I am frequently looking for opportunities to give back to the communities I live and work in.