Joseph J. Mueller



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.

Honors & Awards

  • Named a 2013 "40 under 40" honoree by the Boston Business Journal for his professional accomplishments and community involvement
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2009-2013 editions of Boston Magazine as a "New England Super Lawyers Rising Star"

Publications & News


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

February 25, 2009

Richmond City Public Schools on the Road to ADA Compliance

January 1, 2009

WilmerHale Names New Partners and Counsel for 2009

August 23, 2007

Three Important Victories for Broadcom in Litigation with Qualcomm

Bush Administration Upholds the ITC’s Ban On Imports of New Cell Phones Containing Some Qualcomm Microchips; Two Additional Qualcomm Patents Found Unenforceable; and Damages in Previous Case Are Doubled

July 26, 2007

Stephen Oleskey Testified Before the House Armed Services Committee on the Topic of Habeas Restoration

Professional Activities

Mr. Mueller is an adjunct professor of law at Boston College Law School, where he currently teaches 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 secretary, 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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BA, Government, cum laude, Harvard University

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

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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