Joseph J. Mueller

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.

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.

  • Joe Mueller Named an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property

    IP Stars identifies lawyers based on their knowledge, outcomes achieved for clients and unique strengths in the given practice area.

    May 17, 2018
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  • Joe Mueller Recognized Among Nation's Best for Intellectual Property

    Chambers USA announced its rankings for the 2018 edition and named Partner Joe Mueller as a leader in his field.

    May 3, 2018
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    Named a Winning Litigator

    The National Law Journal


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    Recognized as an IP Star

    Managing IP


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    Selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer

    Super Lawyers


  • 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
  • Recognized for his intellectual property practice in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Selected as a 2014-2018 IP Star by Managing IP, a guidebook that identifies leading IP lawyers in the United States
  • Recognized for intellectual property - patent litigation in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 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 2016-2018 editions of Massachusetts Super Lawyers, which was published in Boston Magazine, and was listed as a Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star 2009-2014

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  • Education

    • BA, Government, Harvard University

      cum laude
    • JD, Boston College Law School

      summa cum laude Order of the Coif
  • 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