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Joel T. Beres

With more than 25 years of Intellectual Property experience, Joel actively tries cases in both state and federal courts. A founding member and former co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology Service Group, 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 News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Amazon Unveils Its Utility Patent Neutral Evaluation Procedure

Understanding Individual Property Rights and Avoiding Pitfalls in Your Practice

Scaling Up Group Dental Symposium, November 14-16, 2018

One Important Thing To Do Before You Ring In The New Year!

First Amendment Protects Trademark Owners from Government Censorship

SCOTUS and Patent Infringement: A Discussion of Recent Supreme Court Decisions Impacting Patent Litigation

American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property, June 20, 2017

Dispute Investigations: Private Investigations, Clearance Searches, Extensions of Time to Oppose, Defensive Application Filing, Examining the Potential for Oppositions or Cancellations and Multinational Portfolio Considerations

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Trademark Boot Camp, Arlington, VA, June 8-9, 2017

Supreme Court Says "You Buy It, You Own It"

The Supreme Court Redefines 'Exceptionality' and Lowers Bar

Protecting Trade Secrets

Louisville Bar Association Annual Day Long IP Seminar, May 2004

Trade Dress Protection

Louisville Bar Association, September 2003

A Bicycle Built for 1's and 0's: Telecommunications Convergence, Peer to Peer, and What is a Copy

Louisville Bar Association, May 2001
Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
California
Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Supreme Court
Firm Leadership

Intellectual Property & Technology, Firm Leader

Diversity Committee, Member

Louisville Office Recruiting Committee, Member

Management Committee (2011-15)

Memberships
American Bar Association
International Trademark Association, Board of Directors (2010-12); Chair, Membership Services Committee (2008-09)
Louisville Bar Association
Federal Circuit Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
State Bar of California
Community Involvement

Stanford University Alumni Club in Louisville, Founding Member

International Trademark Association, Board of Directors (2010-12)

Kentucky Council on Economic Education Board of Directors, Former Member

Walden School, former member of Board of Trustees (2008-11)

St. Francis School, Board of Trustees (2010-17)

Education
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. 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.

Accolades

Best Lawyers in America®, Copyright Law, Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation and Trademark Law (2001-19)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year in Copyright Law (2019)

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® (2007-19)

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

Chambers USA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Intellectual Property (2013-19)

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

Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars (2013-19)

Testimonials

. . . 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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Press Releases

Managing IP honors Stites & Harbison attorneys on "IP Stars" 2019 List

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property magazine has named seven Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys to the 2019 “IP Stars” list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 22, 2019
Client Alerts

Amazon Unveils Its Utility Patent Neutral Evaluation Procedure

Amazon has recently implemented a relatively inexpensive procedure to address allegations of patent infringement relating to products sold on the world’s largest e-commerce site.

by Joel T. Beres May 13, 2019
Press Releases

Chambers USA 2019 Honors Stites & Harbison

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 16 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2019 guide.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 08, 2019
Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers Honors 42 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2019 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 42 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 33 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and nine attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 07, 2018
Press Releases

Best Lawyers in America honors 72 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 has recognized 72 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 49 areas of practice. Forty-two of those attorneys selected have been honored for 1...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 16, 2018
Press Releases

Best Lawyers names eight Stites & Harbison attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America©, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named eight attorneys from Stites & Harbison, PLLC as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2019...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 16, 2018
Trademarkology

Paraskevidekatriaphobia

Friday the 13th is once again upon us. The fear of Friday the 13th â paraskevidekatriaphobia â is derived from the Greek paraskevi (Friday), triskaideka (thirteen), and phobia (fear). It has been said that fear...
by Joel T. Beres July 13, 2018
Events

Scaling Up Group Dental Symposium

Date: 11/13/18 - 11/15/18

Omni Hotel Louisville, 400 South 2nd Street, Louisville, KY 40202

caling Up Group Dental Symposium is an exciting way to study the best practices of group dentistry with experts in the field.

Joel T. Beres June 01, 2018
Press Releases

Managing IP Honors Stites & Harbison Attorneys on 'IP Stars' 2018 list

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property magazine has named seven Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys to the 2018 “IP Stars” list. The publication recognizes the most highly regarded intellectual property attorneys in the U.S. The star attorneys...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 18, 2018
Press Releases

Chambers USA 2018 Honors Stites & Harbison

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 18 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2018 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the United...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 08, 2018
Trademarkology

March -- What a Month! (Part 2)

No, even though we are down to the Final Four, I'm still not going to write about MARCH MADNESS®.Rather, I'm going to continue to write about Quinn, Riley, Skylar, and Toby â the four Nor'Easter...
by Joel T. Beres March 30, 2018
Trademarkology

March! What a month! (Part 1)

No, I'm not going to write about MARCH MADNESS® that annual ritual of college basketball and the NCAA® basketball tournament.

by Joel T. Beres March 23, 2018
Client Alerts

One Important Thing To Do Before You Ring In The New Year!

If your business relies on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for protection from copyright claims, you have until December 31, 2017 to complete the electronic registration of your DMCA agent with the Copyright Office...
by Joel T. Beres and Mari-Elise Paul December 28, 2017
Client Alerts

First Amendment Protects Trademark Owners from Government Censorship

On December 15, 2017, in In re Brunetti, Case No. 2015-1109 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 15, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the federal trademark statute’s (the “Lanham Act’s”)...
by Joel T. Beres and Alexandra MacKay December 22, 2017
Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers honors 51 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2018 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 55 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 39 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and 12 attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 11, 2017
Press Releases

Best Lawyers in America honors 79 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 has recognized 79 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 51 areas of practice. The number of honorees increased since last year, 74 to...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 17, 2017
Press Releases

Best Lawyers names 11 Stites & Harbison attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America©, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named 11 attorneys from Stites & Harbison, PLLC as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2018...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 16, 2017
Client Alerts

The Supreme Court Slants Toward Tam: Disparagement Clause Ruled Unconstitutional

Yesterday, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court struck down the ban on registering disparaging trademarks under 2(a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a), deeming the statute facially unconstitutional under the First Amendment...
by Joel T. Beres and Mari-Elise Paul June 20, 2017
Press Releases

Managing IP honors Stites & Harbison attorneys on "IP Stars" 2017 list

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property magazine has named eight Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys to the 2017 “IP Stars” list. The publication recognizes the most highly regarded intellectual property attorneys in the U.S. The star attorneys...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 13, 2017
Press Releases

Chambers USA 2017 honors Stites & Harbison

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 22 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2017 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the United States.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 02, 2017
Client Alerts

Supreme Court Says "You Buy It, You Own It"

In a majority opinion authored by Chief Justice Roberts in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., the Supreme Court in a nearly unanimous opinion held “that a patentee’s decision to sell a product exhausts...
by Joel T. Beres June 02, 2017
Events

Trademark Roundtable with the USPTO

Trademark Roundtable with the USPTO 2.00 hours General CLE – Kentucky, Tennessee With Distinguished panelists: Mary Boney Denison, Commissioner for Trademarks, USPTO Marc Bergsman, Judge, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. (includes...
Joel T. Beres, David W. Nagle Jr., and Mari-Elise Paul May 16, 2017
Client Alerts

BREAKING: Delay Doesn’t Matter! The Supreme Court Holds Laches Doesn’t Apply To Patent Infrin

Why wait more than a week after the Supreme Court issued its March 21 decision in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag et al. v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, et al. to send a “Breaking News”...
by Joel T. Beres March 31, 2017
Trademarkology

Branding 101: It’s Like Cheers: Where Everybody Knows Your Name – But Everybody Pronounces It Differently

For those of you faithful Trademarkology readers out there, you may recall that I last posted to the blog Christmas week â and reveled in the honor of getting to write about SANTA trademarks:Well, I...
by Joel T. Beres February 16, 2017
Trademarkology

What Do You Want for Christmas?

Getting tapped to post on Trademarkology the week before Christmas is quite an honor. It's almost as good as being asked by Santa, "What do you want for Christmas?"Speaking of Santa, I was surprised to...
by Joel T. Beres December 23, 2016
Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers honors 55 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2017 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 55 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 41 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 22, 2016
Press Releases

Best Lawyers in America honors 74 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 has recognized 74 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 51 areas of practice. The Best Lawyers in America© is a nationally recognized referral...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 29, 2016
Trademarkology

Does One Life Matter?

No. At least not according to a recent decision rendered earlier this month by three judge panel at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.The Applicant, Tres Vidas Organic, Inc., sought to register the following mark...
by Joel T. Beres August 25, 2016
Press Releases

Best Lawyers names 16 Stites & Harbison attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America©, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named 16 attorneys from Stites & Harbison, PLLC as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2017...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 24, 2016
Press Releases

Managing IP honors Stites & Harbison attorneys on "IP Stars" 2016 list

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property magazine has named eight Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys to the 2016 “IP Stars” list. The publication recognizes the most highly regarded intellectual property attorneys in the U.S. The star attorneys...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 27, 2016
Trademarkology

Genericide

Genericide: a word that strikes terror in the hearts of any trademark owner or brand manager.What exactly is genericide? It's the trademark equivalent of homicide. It is when a mark becomes so successful and well...
by Joel T. Beres July 25, 2016
Press Releases

Chambers USA 2016 Honors Stites & Harbison

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 21 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2016 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 08, 2016
Trademarkology

Jeb and Trump Duke it Out Over a Domain

The Town Hall isn't the only place Jeb and Trump are fighting this week. Go to jebbush.com. See what happens. Surprised to see this:We knew Trump fought dirty, but we didn't know he fought with...
by Joel T. Beres February 18, 2016
Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers honors 64 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2016

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2016 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 64 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 49 attorneys to the Super Lawyers...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 08, 2015
Press Releases

Best Lawyers honors 72 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2016

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 has recognized 72 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 50 areas of practice. The Best Lawyers in America® is a nationally recognized...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 20, 2015
Press Releases

Chambers USA 2015 honors Stites & Harbison

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the United States. The list is developed based on client and peer interviews discussing the skills of individual attorneys...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 22, 2015
Press Releases

Managing IP honors Stites & Harbison attorneys on "IP Stars" 2015 list

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property magazine has named eight Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys to the third edition of “IP Stars” for 2015. This list recognizes the most highly regarded intellectual property attorneys in the...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 11, 2015
Press Releases

Super Lawyers honor Stites & Harbison's Kentucky Attorneys

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Super Lawyers names 52 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices for inclusion on the 2015 Kentucky Super Lawyers list and 18 attorneys are named...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 01, 2014
Press Releases

Best Lawyers honors 89 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2015

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 has recognized 89 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 57 areas of practice. The Best Lawyers in America® is a nationally...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 22, 2014
Articles

The Supreme Court Redefines 'Exceptionality' and Lowers Bar

Patent infringement litigation is expensive, and the cost of that litigation can make or break a company. By the same token, even our nation’s largest and healthiest companies are spending millions of dollars on arguably meritless patent litigation brought by non-practicing entitites and, at the end of the case, they have nothing to show for it but a hefty legal bill.

by Joel T. Beres June 09, 2014
Press Releases

Chambers USA honors Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky.Chambers USA selected 34 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2014 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 30, 2014
Client Alerts

Supreme Court Issues Two Cases Controlling When Attorney's Fees May Be Awarded in Patent Suits

The following article represents the second in a series dedicated to reporting on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions impacting intellectual property rights in 2014. Patent infringement litigation is expensive – and the cost of...
by Joel T. Beres April 29, 2014
Press Releases

Super Lawyers honors Stites & Harbison's Kentucky attorneys for 2013-14

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Super Lawyers names 53 Stites & Harbison attorneys in the Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices for inclusion on the 2013-14 Kentucky Super Lawyers list and 19 attorneys are named on the inaugural...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 17, 2013
Press Releases

Eighty-nine Stites & Harbison attorneys honored by Best Lawyers in America for 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC, is pleased to announce that 89 of our attorneys were recently selected by their peers for their work in 57 areas of practice in The Best Lawyers in America®...
by Stites & Harbison PLLC August 27, 2013
Press Releases

Managing IP names 10 Stites & Harbison attorneys to "IP Stars" list

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property magazine has named 10 Stites & Harbison, PLLC, attorneys to its inaugural “IP Stars” list for 2013. This list recognizes the most highly regarded intellectual property attorneys in the U.S...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 08, 2013
Press Releases

Super Lawyers honors Stites & Harbison's Kentucky attorneys

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Super Lawyers has named 48 Stites & Harbison attorneys in the Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices for inclusion on the Kentucky Super Lawyers list.Super Lawyers (www.superlawyers.com) is a rating service of outstanding...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 22, 2012
Press Releases

Seventy-five Stites & Harbison attorneys honored in Best Lawyers in America

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison announced today that 75 of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for their work in 55 areas of practice in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012. Twenty-five of...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 12, 2011
Press Releases

Thirty-five Stites & Harbison attorneys selected for inclusion on Kentucky Super Lawyers for 2001

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Super Lawyers has named Stites & Harbison’s Charles J. (Mike) Cronan IV, a health care and litigation attorney, as “Top Point Getter” on their 2011 Kentucky Super Lawyers list. A total of 3...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 02, 2011
Press Releases

Chambers USA honors 31 Stites & Harbison attorneys with inclusion in the 2011 guide

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 31 Stites & Harbison attorneys firmwide for inclusion in the 2011 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the United States. Researchers interview...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 17, 2011
Press Releases

Seventy-three Stites & Harbison attorneys honored in "Best Lawyers in America"

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison announced today that 73 of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for their work in 35 areas of practice in The Best Lawyers in America®2011. Sixteen of the...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 11, 2010
Press Releases

Chambers USA honors 32 Stites & Harbison attorneys with inclusion in the 2010 guide

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 32 Stites & Harbison attorneys firmwide for inclusion in the 2010 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the United States. Researchers interview...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 02, 2010
Press Releases

Seventy-two Stites & Harbison attorneys honored in "Best Lawyers in America"

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison announced today that 72 of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for their work in 33 areas of practice in The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Those attorneys...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 10, 2009