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Joel T. Beres

Joel T. Beres

With more than 25 years of Intellectual Property experience, Joel Beres was a natural choice for Regional Counsel to Microsoft Corp. He advises the technology giant on trademark and software copyright infringement issues in Kentucky, Tennessee and southern Ohio.  He also provides counsel to other technology-related companies.

A founding member and former co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology Service Group, he actively tries cases in both state and federal courts. He manages all aspects of infringement litigation for both federal and state courts, including trial and appellate practice.  He has also prepared and prosecuted trademark and copyright applications, prosecuted and defended trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, negotiated and prepared trademark and copyright assignment and license agreements, and negotiated and prepared software licensing and consulting agreements.

Recent Assignments

  • Successfully obtained judgment as a matter of law for non-infringement of patents in jury trial before the Eastern District of Texas
  • Successfully defended software copyright and trademarks in Microsoft v. Eagle Computer Systems, Inc.
  • Successfully enforced patent rights in GLW Incorporated v. Euphonix, Inc., intellectual property protection program
  • Handled one of the biggest mark transfers ever for ELECTROLUX

What Clients Say

. . . recognized for his trademark and copyright expertise, and is also much in demand for his counsel on prosecution and licensing work. 'He is a very good attorney doing excellent work,' an impressed peer asserts.
- Chambers Commentary (USA), 2016
An impressive litigator who is thorough and attentive to details.
- Chambers USA, 2010
Every case he does, he does extremely well.
- Chambers USA, 2008
. . . one of the most responsive, effective legal advisers I have ever worked with.
- Best Lawyers, 2007

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Before Stites & Harbison

Mr. Beres has over 25 years of intellectual property experience, handling matters throughout the nation. Before moving to Louisville, he was a partner in the Los Angeles-based firm of Woollacott, Jannol & Beres.

More Than Stites & Harbison

Mr. Beres is active in the International Trademark Association leadership and served on its Board of Directors (2010-12) and was the Chair of Membership Services Committee (2008-09). He is a Davidson Fellow for Trademark Law at the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and is a founding member of the Stanford University Alumni Club in Louisville. He also served on the Board of Trustees of St. Francis High School (2010-14) and served on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Council on Economic Education.

Besides Stites & Harbison

Always the technophile, Mr. Beres enjoys tech gadgets and playing with the latest computer hardware and software. True to his Montana roots, he also enjoys fencing, but just the barbed wire variety.

Professional Accolades

Best Lawyers in America®, Copyright Law, Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation and Trademark Law (2001-18)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year in Trademark Law (2018)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year in Copyright Law (2017)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2007-17)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Attorneys in Kentucky (2010-15, 2017)

Chambers USA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Intellectual Property (2013-17)

Louisville Magazine's "Top Lawyers" for Copyright/Trademark Law and Information Technology Law (2013, 2016)

Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars (2013-17)

Community Involvement

  • Stanford University Alumni Club in Louisville, founding member
  • International Trademark Association, Board of Directors (2010-12)
  • Kentucky Council on Economic Education, former member of Board of Directors
  • Walden School, former member of Board of Trustees (2008-11)
  • St. Francis School, Board of Trustees (2010-17)

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