“Success, to me, means consistently exceeding my client’s objectives through an in-depth understanding of their business and through tenacious, focused, and efficient representation. If I have done that, then I’ve done my job.”
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Fitch Even partner Joseph F. Marinelli has over 24 years of experience litigating complex patent, trade secret, trademark and false advertising cases in a variety of industries including cellular communications protocols and standards, computer memory, datacenter cooling technologies, financial products and services, medical devices, and beverages. He has litigated numerous cases involving the infringement of standard-essential patents and FRAND claims. Joe has honed his trial skills through extensive experience in popular patent venues including the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, the Northern District of Illinois, the Northern and Central Districts of California, and Delaware.
Additionally, Joe provides counsel on intellectual property portfolio management and transactions, including structuring and negotiating IP licenses, joint ventures, and technology agreements. He advises clients across a broad spectrum of technologies, including liquid crystal displays, DRAM memory, lithium-ion batteries, medical devices, automotive components, polyethylene films, and data encryption systems. Joe regularly counsels clients on patent infringement avoidance, which often involves providing validity opinions.
Joe has handled appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Seventh Circuit and has unique experience in successfully representing clients in post-grant proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office under the America Invents Act.
While attending the University of Wisconsin Law School, Joe interned for the Honorable Barbara B. Crabb, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.
Delmar International (N.Y.) Inc. v. Interfracht Internationale Spedition Hogenkamp & Karrasch (gmbH & Co.) KG et al. (N.D. Ill. 2022–present). Representing defendants against claims of breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, and tortious interference, among others. The case is ongoing.
Bien Nacido Vineyards, LP et al. v. Vintage Wine Estates, Inc., (C.D. Cal. 2021). Lead counsel for California vineyard in trademark infringement and false advertising litigation and arbitration against California winemaker. Dispute settled in arbitration.
Vertiv Corporation v. OptiCool Technologies LLC (W.D.N.Y. 2021–22). Represented patent owner Vertiv in asserting infringement of its patented technology relating to systems for cooling data center racks and similar electronics against a direct competitor. Settlement was reached.
Limestone Memory Systems LLC v. Micron Technology, Inc. et al. (C.D. Cal. 2015–20). Lead counsel representing the plaintiff in patent infringement actions related to memory chip design. Case settled shortly before trial.
Lone Star Silicon Innovations LLC v. Nanya Technology Corporation et al. (N.D. Cal. 2016–20). Represented plaintiff in patent infringement action against Nanya, Micron, Toshiba, United Microelectronics Corporation, Renesas Electronics, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, and STMicroelectronics. Achieved settlements with many defendants.
Google Inc. and Apple Inc. v. ContentGuard Holdings, Inc. (PTAB 2015). Integral member of team representing ContentGuard in 35 IPR and CBM proceedings filed against its digital rights management patent portfolio. Five proceedings dismissed voluntarily. After submission of patent owner preliminary responses, obtained PTAB decisions denying institution of trial in all but one remaining proceeding.
Safeway, Inc. and The Kroger Co. v. Kroy IP Holdings, LLC (PTAB 2014). Member of team representing Kroy IP Holdings in IPR proceeding filed against its digital incentive program patent, U.S. 7,054,830. After submitting patent owner preliminary response, obtained PTAB decision denying institution of trial.
Alexsam, Inc. v. Best Buy LP et al. (E.D. Tex. 2013). Obtained a successful jury verdict upholding the validity and enforceability of two patents relating to computer systems for activating retail gift cards. Following a one-week trial, the jury rejected defenses asserted by seven industry-leading retailers based on novelty, inventorship, and inequitable conduct.
Alexsam, Inc. v. Barnes & Noble, Inc. (E.D. Tex. 2013). Represented the plaintiff in a one-week patent infringement jury trial involving patents relating to computer systems for activating retail gift cards.
Alexsam v. The Gap, Inc. (E.D. Tex. 2013) Represented the plaintiff in a one-week patent infringement jury trial involving patents relating to computer systems for activating retail gift cards.
Alexsam, Inc. v. NetSpend Corp. (Travis County Dist. Ct., Tex. 2007). Represented the plaintiff in enforcement of a patent license agreement involving point-of-sale activation and funding systems for prepaid debit cards and gift cards, in a trial that resulted in winning a jury verdict of $18 million.
Alexsam, Inc. v. Pier 1 Imports, Inc. et al. (E.D. Tex. 2011). Represented the plaintiff in a patent infringement action involving point-of-sale activation and funding systems for prepaid gift cards.
Chamberlain and Johnson Controls v. Lear (N.D. Ill. 2005). Represented the plaintiff in a patent infringement action involving a rolling code encryption system for use with garage door openers. Settlement reached.
DESA IP, LLC, and HeathCo, LLC v. EML Technologies, LLC and Costco Wholesale Corp. (M.D. Tenn. 2004). Represented the plaintiff in a patent infringement action involving motion-sensing security lights. Settlement reached.
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co. Ltd. v. HannStar Display Corp. et al. (E.D. Tex. 2005). Successfully represented a Japanese client in asserting a Taiwanese manufacturer’s infringement of several patents relating to liquid crystal display technology.
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co. Ltd. v. AU Optronics Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. v. Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp. et al. (N.D. Cal. 2004). Successfully represented a Japanese client in asserting a Taiwanese manufacturer’s infringement of several patents relating to liquid crystal display technology.