Description of the Practice

Joel Miller handles a wide range of patent, trademark, copyright, and antitrust matters, including litigation and transactional assignments, as well as matters in related areas of the law. Joel provides these services for a variety of industries and technologies, as outlined below.

Representative matters


Preparation and prosecution of utility and design patent applications; infringement litigation; infringement, validity, and right‑to‑use (freedom‑to‑operate) studies and opinions; reexamination proceedings; post‑grant trial proceedings at the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB); appeals to the PTAB and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; arbitration.

Trademarks and unfair competition

Trademark application preparation and prosecution; infringement litigation; policing of marks and investigation of unauthorized third party users; proceedings before the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (appeals, cancellations, and oppositions); false advertising; trade secret counseling; advertising injury insurance coverage.


Copyright registration; infringement litigation; music performance rights (ASCAP, BMI).Top of Page

Computer software and information technology

Patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright protection; website and software development agreements, and related litigation; corporate software protection audits and plans.

Licensing and agreements

Patent, know‑how, trademark, copyright, computer software, and music license agreements and related contracts; non‑disclosure agreements.


Predatory pricing; distribution and dealer termination issues; monopolization; intellectual property antitrust; industry standards; litigation.

International trade

Patent infringement proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission; economic injury under 19 U.S.C. § 1337 (prior to and since passage of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988); export licensing and controls (ITARs).

Employment agreements

Preparation of employment, invention assignments, and non‑compete agreements; exit interviews.

Government contracts

Patent and data rights.Top of Page

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Industries served

• aeronautical and aircraft
• automotive
• broadcast and media
• computer hardware and software
• electronics
• fashion and jewelry
• finance and insurance
• food; baking
• industrial machinery and tools
• Internet; website and application development
• medical, dental, and healthcare
• military and aerospace
• pharmaceutical
• photographic
• semiconductor
• sports
• telecommunications and wireless
• toy and collectiblesTop of Page

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Representative technologies

• analog and digital circuitry
• artificial intelligence
• avionics and radar
• broadcasting (AM/FM/TV; CATV/cable)
• communications (HF, VHF, UHF; land mobile radio)
• computer hardware and software; mobile device apps
• digital display systems
• digital signal processing
• electromechanical control systems
• food and bakery production
• healthcare products and medical electronics
• image processing; image recognition
• Internet, hosting, website development (HTML, CSS)
• navigation systems
• open source software (Linux OS, Apache server)
• optoelectronics
• pollution control systems
• semiconductor technology (process, architecture, and circuitry)
• telephony and wireless

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