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Joseph J. Mueller

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Joseph Mueller is a trial and appellate lawyer specializing in complex litigations involving intellectual property. He plays a leading role in both traditional patent litigations and interdisciplinary cases involving issues such as antitrust and competition law, contracts and licensing and trade secrets. He co-leads the firm’s initiative focused on matters at the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust law. In addition, he represents clients who work on wide-ranging technologies in high-tech and other industries.

Mr. Mueller’s trial experience is considerable, and includes many high-stakes matters in federal and state courts and the International Trade Commission. He has argued before federal and state appeals courts, including the United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Fourth Circuit and Ninth Circuit.

Beyond his domestic trial and appellate practice, Mr. Mueller has in-depth knowledge regarding strategies for international litigations and regulatory proceedings. He has experience with courts throughout Europe and Asia. Mr. Mueller also frequently consults on strategies for intellectual property licensing matters.

Mr. Mueller served as a Special District Attorney in the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, where he prosecuted cases involving violent crimes, financial fraud, and many other offenses. While at the Middlesex DA's Office, Mr. Mueller tried a variety of cases to juries and to judges.

Mr. Mueller has made pro bono service a core component of his practice. He has worked on significant pro bono matters involving issues such as disability rights, political asylum, detainee rights and public school disciplinary procedures. He received the Boston Bar Association's 2007 "President's Award" and the firm's 2005 John H. Pickering Award for his exemplary pro bono service.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a 2014 Boston Rising Star by The National Law Journal, a list honoring 40 outstanding lawyers age 40 or under who "have accomplished big feats" and are also "improving their communities"
  • Named a 2013 "40 under 40" honoree by the Boston Business Journal, among “business and civic leaders who collectively represent the next wave of talent and commitment in the Boston economy”
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2009-2014 editions of Boston Magazine as a "New England Super Lawyers Rising Star"

Publications & News

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September 5, 2014

Joseph Mueller Named a Boston Rising Star by The National Law Journal

The National Law Journal has named Partner Joseph Mueller to its 2014 Boston Rising Stars, a list honoring 40 outstanding lawyers age 40 or under who "have accomplished big feats" and "also are improving their communities by volunteering their sharp legal skills to a variety of nonprofit organizations."

July 17, 2014

WilmerHale and 17 Partners Rank in Managing IP’s 2014-2015 IP Stars Handbook

Managing IP has released its second annual edition of its IP Stars Handbook—a guide that identifies the leading IP firms and lawyers in the United States—prominently ranking WilmerHale and 17 of its partners.

May 29, 2014

The Smartphone Royalty Stack: Surveying Royalty Demands for the Components within Modern Smartphones

This report, co-authored by WilmerHale intellectual property litigators Joe Mueller and Tim Syrett and Intel Vice President and Associate General Counsel Ann Armstrong, utilizes publicly available information to detail US patent royalty costs across smartphone components from wireless technologies to operating systems to user interfaces to outer-product design.

May 29, 2014

New Research Compiles Public Data Regarding Patent Royalties on Smartphones

The smartphone industry has seen a high volume of patent litigation over the past few years, which has highlighted the interplay among patent law, competition law and the marketplace itself.

October 25, 2013

Joseph Mueller Named to Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” List

The Boston Business Journal has selected Partner Joseph Mueller to its 2013 “40 Under 40,” an annual list honoring business and civic leaders under the age of 40 who represent the talent and commitment in Boston.

July 9, 2013

SEP Enforcement Disputes Beyond the Water’s Edge: A Survey of Recent Non-U.S. Decisions

An article by Leon Greenfield, Hartmut Schneider and Joseph Mueller, published in the Summer 2013 edition of Antitrust, Vol. 27, No. 3.

May 13, 2013

WilmerHale Named to The National Law Journal’s IP Hot List for Second Consecutive Year

Again in 2013, WilmerHale was selected as one of 20 law firms that have demonstrated creative, formidable talent in litigation, patent prosecution and deal-making.

February 15, 2013

WilmerHale Included in Daily Journal’s 2012 List of "Top Verdicts"

August 31, 2012

Bill Lee Named Litigator of the Week

August 12, 2010

90 WilmerHale Lawyers Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2011

Professional Activities

Mr. Mueller has served for years as an adjunct professor of law at Boston College Law School, where he has twice taught a semester-long course on patent litigation. From 2004 to 2007, he held principal responsibility for the school's international law advocacy programs: the Jessup International Law Moot Court program and the European Union Law Moot Court program.

Mr. Mueller is on the board of directors of Discovering Justice, a non-profit organization focused on youth education regarding the law and the justice system.

Mr. Mueller is the current counselor, and a founding member, of the Boston Intellectual Property American Inn of Court.

Mr. Mueller is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Federal Circuit Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

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Education

BA, Government, cum laude, Harvard University

JD, summa cum laude, Boston College Law School, Order of the Coif

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

Clerkships

The Hon. Paul R. Michel, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

The Hon. Patti B. Saris, US District Court for the District of Massachusetts