Joe Meckes helps clients resolve complex intellectual property, technology and business disputes both in and out of court. Over his more than 25 years in practice, Joe has represented clients in complex copyright, trademark, patent and trade secret disputes, as well as multiple business disputes. He has served as lead counsel in state and federal court litigation, administrative proceedings, and arbitrations and mediations. He regularly advises clients on global privacy, data security and commercial matters.
Joe is an expert in copyright litigation, having both prosecuted and defended in federal district courts and before the International Trade Commission. He has defended clients accused of infringement, including one of the world’s largest law firms and a well-known author. In one victory, Joe and his team not only defeated a notorious copyright troll in a pro bono case, but they also obtained a significant fee award that helped fund the client’s charitable programs.
Joe is also an expert in resolving other intellectual property disputes – both “hard” and “soft.” Among other things, he obtained a preliminary injunction and successfully settled a trade secret battle involving cutting-edge solid-state battery development. He has successfully prosecuted several false advertising cases and numerous licensing and other business-related disputes. Joe and his team recently obtained a multimillion-dollar verdict in a patent case involving automated key technology.
Joe’s experience spans a wide variety of industries including publishing, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, consumer appliances, automotive, software, networking, mining and agriculture, among others. Over the years, Joe has served as a member of our firm’s technology steering committee, as well as chairing our knowledge management team. He frequently speaks and writes about emerging intellectual property, privacy and data security issues.
Prior to college, Joe was a US Army Cavalry Scout in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fulda, Germany, and the Second Infantry Division in Camp Casey, Korea.