Joseph Mueller is a partner in the firm's Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation and Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice Groups. He joined the firm in 2004.
Mr. Mueller focuses on intellectual property litigation and other complex disputes, in state and federal trial courts and appeals courts, and the International Trade Commission. He has worked on patent and trade secret cases in wide-ranging fields of technology, including:
- recombinant genetics
- semiconductor-chip architecture and manufacture
- software design
- image processing
- medical devices
- telecommunications devices and networks
- email systems
- streaming media, including internet radio
- water-filtration plants
- package-handling machines
In addition to intellectual property, Mr. Mueller's experience extends to a variety of other substantive areas, including constitutional law, tort law, and contract law.
Mr. Mueller has been on a number of WilmerHale trial teams, with a focus on patent-infringement and trade-secret trials.
Mr. Mueller has argued before federal and state appeals courts, including the United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Fourth Circuit, and Ninth Circuit.
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.
In addition to litigation, Mr. Mueller has substantial experience in the analysis of, and development of strategy regarding, intellectual-property licensing issues.
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, and detainee rights. 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.