Joseph J. Mellema Of Counsel
Joseph Mellema is Of Counsel in the Firm's Litigation Group. His practice focuses on the protection and enforcement of all intellectual property rights including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair business practices, and antitrust litigation in both state and federal courts. Joseph is well-versed in patent and trademark enforcement, preparation and prosecution, as well as trademark enforcement and opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent & Trademark Office. He has considerable experience litigating patents in a variety of technical fields, including optical devices and components, computer networks and databases, semiconductor devices and processes, computer hardware and software, and pharmaceuticals.
He has dual degrees in electrical engineering and physical sciences, and was formerly a systems engineer at Raytheon Company working on next-generation sensors and systems for the Navy's F/A-18 Super Hornet.
Joseph has particular expertise in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, representing companies in patent-related disputes, managing IP portfolios, and conducting due diligence projects. He has represented specialty and brand pharmaceutical companies in disputes under the False Claims Act and involving Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDA). He has also successfully litigated multi-billion dollar complex pharmaceutical cases under the Hatch-Waxman Act.
J.D., Loyola Law School
B.Sc., University of Southern California
B.Sc., Biola University
Bar Admissions State Bar of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California
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