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Joseph Lavelle

Joseph Lavelle

Retired Partner

Joseph Lavelle is an experienced patent lawyer, focusing primarily on the preparation and trial of patent infringement cases.

Joseph also has handled a number of successful appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Patent Litigation

Joseph has more than 25 years of experience litigating patent cases, including many bench and jury trials. He has litigated in most areas of technology, including semiconductors, computers, computer software, telephony, Digital Signal Processing, telematics, waveform encoding, automotive technology, financial services, biotechnology and many others.

In addition to federal district court proceedings, Joseph has tried a number of Section 337 proceedings before the US International Trade Commission (ITC), as well as handled cases before the US Court of Federal Claims and appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also is licensed to practice before the USPTO and has successfully handled interference proceedings.


Joseph has vast experience handling litigation and counseling matters at the intersection of competition laws and antitrust laws. He has participated in many of the leading matters in the area of standard setting. Also, he has represented clients in patent-antitrust matters before the FTC and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.

Bar admissionsDistrict of ColumbiaUnited States Patent and Trademark Office
CourtsSupreme Court of the United StatesUnited States Court of Appeals for the Federal CircuitUnited States Court of Appeals for the Second CircuitUnited States Court of Appeals for the Third CircuitUnited States Court of Appeals for the Sixth CircuitUnited States Court of Federal ClaimsUnited States District Court for the District of ColumbiaUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law 1982
    Order of the Coif
    Managing Editor, University of Pittsburgh Law Review

    summa cum laude
  • B.S., Physics, Wilkes University 1979


  • Chambers USA
    2012-2019 - Band 4, District of Columbia Intellectual Property: Litigation
    2012 - Band 4, District of Columbia Intellectual Property
  • The Legal 500 United States
    2015, 2017 - Recommended, Intellectual Property Patent Litigation: Full Coverage
    2016-18 - Recommended, Intellectual Property Patents: Litigation (International Trade Commission) 

Insight Overview

Joseph is a well-respected author and lecturer regarding the antitrust/IP interface.

Teaching Experience

Joseph has served as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught courses on patent/antitrust and patent misuse law.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property and Antitrust Section
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Physical Society