Overview

Joel Merkin is a partner in the Intellectual Property group in Kirkland’s Chicago office. His practice focuses on counseling clients on IP issues, with an emphasis on patent litigation before federal district courts, patent proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and Federal Circuit appeals.

Joel’s patent experience includes working with a wide range of technologies, including computer hardware and software, wireless communication systems, data collection and storage, consumer electronics, computer security, user interfaces, semiconductors, mechanical devices, and medical devices. Joel has significant experience in all phases of patent litigation, including claim construction, fact and expert discovery, summary judgment, trial, and appeal.

As a registered patent attorney, Joel counsels and represents clients in proceedings before the USPTO, including regularly representing clients in inter partes review proceedings. He has successfully argued multiple patent cases before administrative patent judges at the USPTO. Recently, Joel argued and obtained a client victory at the Federal Circuit on an appeal from the USPTO.

Joel also has significant experience prosecuting patent and trademark applications, advising clients on patent drafting issues, and counseling clients on transactional matters. His experience includes analyzing IP portfolios, drafting IP agreements, and counseling clients on IP issues in complex business transactions.

Joel was named an Illinois “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

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Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2006, Illinois
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Courts

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (pro hac vice)
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (pro hac vice)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (pro hac vice)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (pro hac vice)

Education

  • University of Illinois College of LawJ.D.cum laude2006
    Articles Editor, University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignB.S., Computer Engineeringwith Honors2003
    Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society