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Joseph J. Mellema

Associate
+1.949.623.3577
Fax +1.949.253.0902

Joe Mellema is an intellectual property trial lawyer in the firm’s Orange County office. He spends the majority of his time representing clients in patent infringement disputes in the United States federal courts. His practice further includes protection and enforcement of all other intellectual property rights including trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair business practices, and antitrust litigation in both state and federal courts.

Joe has experience litigating and prosecuting patents in a variety of technological fields, including electronic systems and devices, optical devices and components, lasers, optoelectronics, display panels and drivers, computer networks and databases, RF systems and devices, semiconductor devices and processes, computer hardware and software, various medical devices, and electromechanical and mechanical devices. Joe has past experience in patent and trademark enforcement, preparation and prosecution and related opinions, as well as in trademark enforcement and opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

His experience prior to his legal career includes radar and communications systems engineering, where he was responsible for system design and integration of radar and communication systems for the Navy's F/A-18 jet. His leadership and communication skills helped him move onto the management track at which time he decided to go to law school.

Given this work, Joe has experience in all phases of litigation in both federal and state courts, and due to his background, he has experience in a variety of technical fields. Joe is admitted to the California State Bar, the Patent Bar, and several federal courts including the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Technical Experience: Electronic systems and devices, optical devices and components, lasers, optoelectronics, display panels and drivers, computer networks and databases, RF systems and devices, semiconductor devices and processes, computer hardware and software, biomedical systems, medical devices and systems, pharmaceuticals, and electromechanical and mechanical devices

Professional Background

Mr. Mellema has past experience in patent and trademark enforcement, preparation and prosecution and related opinions, as well as in trademark enforcement and opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent & Trademark Office. He has experience litigating and prosecuting patents in a variety of technological fields, including semiconductors, RF systems, displays, lasers, optoelectronics, computer networks and databases, software, various medical and mechanical devices, and pharmaceuticals. His experience prior to his legal career includes radar and communications systems engineering.

Achievements

  • Extern to the Honorable R. Gary Klausner, United States District Court, Central District of California, 2005

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Antitrust and Unfair Business Practices Section, Vice Chair, 2010-2012; Secretary/Treasurer, 2009-2010
  • Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Orange County Bar Association