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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

  • Named a Litigator of the Week by The American Lawyer and a Winning Litigator by The National Law Journal in 2017 for his significant trial victory for Intel Corporation in a $2 billion patent infringement suit brought by AVM Technologies
  • Texas Lawyer selected client Apple's success in Core Wireless Licensing v. Apple as a Top IP Defense Win in 2015 in their Top Texas Verdicts & Settlements supplement
  • Selected as a 2014-2016 IP Star by Managing IP, a guidebook that identifies leading IP lawyers in the United States
  • 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 2016 and 2017 editions of "New England Super Lawyers," which was published in Boston Magazine, and was listed as a "New England Super Lawyers Rising Star" 2009 through 2014

Publications & News

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September 28, 2017

Joe Mueller and Bill Lee Honored as Winning Litigators by The National Law Journal

Mueller and Lee were selected for their role in achieving a significant trial victory for Intel Corporation in a $2 billion patent infringement suit brought by AVM Technologies

June 8, 2017

WilmerHale Partners and Practices Named Among Managing Intellectual Property's 2017 IP Stars

IP Stars identifies lawyers based on their practice and industry experience, and recommendations from their peers and clients.

May 16, 2017

The American Lawyer Names Bill Lee and Joseph Mueller Litigators of the Week for Shutting Down $2B Case Against Intel

Partners Bill Lee and Joseph Mueller were named Litigators of the Week by The American Lawyer for achieving a significant trial victory for Intel Corporation in a $2 billion patent infringement suit brought by AVM Technologies.

May 10, 2017

WilmerHale Prevails in $2B Patent Case on Behalf of Intel

The six-day jury trial held in the US District Court of Delaware before Judge Richard Andrews resulted in a finding of no infringement on all eight asserted claims.

May 17, 2016

WilmerHale Attorneys and Practices Recognized in 2016 edition of IP Stars Handbook

The fourth edition of the IP Stars Handbook—a Managing IP guide that identifies the leading IP firms and lawyers in the world—has been released and it prominently ranks WilmerHale and 19 of its partners.

April 29, 2016

IP World Tour: Snapshots of Overseas IP Protection

Partner Joseph Mueller provides commentary to the China Business Law Journal, April 2016, Volume 7, Issue 4.

February 12, 2016

ASICS Acquires FitnessKeeper, Operator of Boston-Based Runkeeper App

ASICS Corporation today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire FitnessKeeper, Inc., the operator of fitness tracking app “Runkeeper”—an application that can track and record fitness activities such as running, walking and cycling through GPS on smartphone devices.

July 29, 2015

Mueller and Tallon Earn Victory for McAfee Against NPE

Partners Joseph Mueller and Nina Tallon achieved a significant trial victory for McAfee, Inc.—subsidiary of longtime client Intel Corporation—in a patent infringement case brought by non-practicing entity TVIIM, LLC.

July 6, 2015

Managing IP Recognizes WilmerHale, Attorneys in 2015 IP Stars Handbook

Managing Intellectual Property has released the third 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 18 of its partners.

February 6, 2015

Patents, Standard Setting, and Antitrust – New Insight from the Department of Justice

On February 2, 2015, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) took another step towards clarifying the antitrust rules applicable to standard essential patents (SEPs).

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

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