Joseph R.Lanser


Joe is a registered patent attorney at the US Patent and Trademark Office and is a seasoned litigator with broad experience of bench and jury trial at district courts and oral arguments before appellate courts throughout the country. He helps clients obtain intellectual property protections, litigates those rights against competitors and infringers, and defends clients against assertions of infringement by others.

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Clients with significant domestic and international intellectual property portfolios turn to Joe when they need to protect new and innovative technologies, exploit competitive differentiators, assert their intellectual property rights against others, avoid infringement of others' protectable rights, and defend against others’ infringement allegations. When clients are involved in intellectual property disputes, Joe's goal is to meet the clients' objectives efficiently, while minimizing the impact to their business. To do this, he leverages both his substantive experience and the firm’s resources. He has handled intellectual property lawsuits, on both the plaintiffs' and defendants' side, in a number of district and appellate courts throughout the country, including the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the US Patent and Trademark Office's internal review processes, and the US International Trade Commission.

He works with clients to procure meaningful intellectual property protection, either through patents, trademarks, copyrights, or trade secrets, assessing the existing landscape for patentability or infringement of others' rights. If problems are found, he assists the client in avoiding others' legal rights, which may include providing invalidity or non-infringement opinions, and working with the clients' engineers to create design-arounds. Joe also works with a vast network of international foreign counsel to obtain international intellectual property protection, when needed. He also uses technology to enhance the value of his advice to clients. One example is the customizable web-based invention disclosure tool that Joe created with the firm’s IT department, which clients use to submit new inventions for review, patent application processing and tracking purposes. This tool allows for advance internal review processes, ensuring Joe’s advice is applied at the right time and at the highest level.

Joe was a design engineer and information technology specialist before obtaining his law degree, giving him valuable insight into the business needs and expectations of clients, and the innovation process itself. He is now a registered US Patent Attorney and assist clients to obtain the broadest protection possible within the US and internationally.

Joe enjoys being part of a firm with a vast platform and expansive resources across many offices. If a client has a problem outside his area of legal acumen, he can easily find someone who has handled a similar issue and can provide assistance.

  • LLM, The John Marshall Law School
  • JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • BS, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • Illinois
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office - Registered Patent Attorney
  • US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
  • US District Court, Northern District of California
  • US District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • US District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York
  • US District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Illinois Supreme Court