Member

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

Dispute Counseling and Strategies

Eleventh Annual Trademark Boot Camp, September 1, 2021

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

Firm Recruiting Committee, Member

Louisville Office Recruiting Committee, Co-Chair

Diversity Committee, former 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, Trade Secrets Law and Trademark Law (2001-24)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year in Copyright Law (2017, 2019, 2024)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Patent (2021)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Intellectual Property (2020)

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

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2007-24)

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

Chambers USA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Intellectual Property (2013-23)

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

Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars (2013-23)

WTR 1000 - The World's Leading Trademark Professionals, World Trademark Review (WTR) (2023-24)

Testimonials

Joel Beres is "a very good attorney and IP litigator," says an interviewee. He acts for an impressive roster of national clients on the enforcement of IP rights, handling matters such as patent infringement claims, trademark disputes and trade secrets litigation.

- Chambers Commentary (USA)

. . . 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)

An impressive litigator who is thorough and attentive to details.

- Chambers USA

Every case he does, he does extremely well.

- Chambers USA

. . . one of the most responsive, effective legal advisers I have ever worked with.

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Press Releases

Chambers USA Honors 25 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2024

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 25 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2024 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the United States.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 07, 2024
Press Releases

2024 WTR 1000 Recognizes Stites & Harbison’s Trademark Practice

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—World Trademark Review (WTR) has recognized Stites & Harbison, PLLC and four attorneys in the 2024 edition of WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC February 16, 2024
Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers® Honors 49 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2024

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2024 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers® recently honored 49 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 35 attorneys to the Super Lawyers® list and 14 attorneys to the Rising Stars® list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 12, 2024
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2024 Best Lawyers® Publications

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 101 of its lawyers are included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 24, 2023
Press Releases

Managing IP Honors Stites & Harbison Attorneys on "IP Stars" 2023 list

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Managing Intellectual Property (Managing IP) magazine has named nine Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys to the 2023 “IP Stars” list. Managing IP recognizes the most highly regarded intellectual property attorneys in the U.S.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 25, 2023
Press Releases

Chambers USA Honors 25 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2023

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 25 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2023 guide.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 05, 2023
Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers Honors 49 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2023

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2023 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 49 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 37 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and 12 attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 12, 2023
Client Alerts

The Twelve Days of I.P. Christmas

As we come to the end of the year, the members of the Intellectual Property and Technology group at Stites & Harbison took time to reflect upon some of the amazing things that have occurred in the world of Intellectual Property. In a light-hearted review of some of our favorite finds from 2022, please enjoy our own take on the classic carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

by Joel T. Beres , Jeffrey A. Haeberlin , James Hayne , Thomas J. Mihill (TJ), B. Aaron Schulman , Gary N. Stewart (Nick), and Patrick M. Torre December 14, 2022