Joseph E. Shipley
"Our job is to help our clients identify and solve problems. We approach every task with a global perspective, leveraging diverse viewpoints and skills to provide the best solution."

Joseph E. ShipleyPartner

Chicago
120 South LaSalle Street
Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603VCard
312.577.7000 
312.577.7007 fax
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Education

J.D., University of Illinois, 1982
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 1979

Services

Technical Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

IllinoisNorthern District of Illinois, Trial BarU.S. Patent and TrademarkU.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal CircuitU.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Recognition

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating, Martindale Hubbell, for over 20 years
Named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list for Intellectual Property Law (2012–2014)
Leading Lawyers Network Member in Intellectual Property Law (2004–2014)
Distinguished Service Award for pro bono litigation, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (1992)

Joseph E. Shipley has earned a highly regarded reputation for handling complex IP matters worldwide, assisting clients with freedom-to-operate opinions, preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications, licensing and other transactions, global IP strategies, portfolio management, and litigation, among other services. His clients range from small privately held businesses to large publicly traded global corporations.

Joe has extensive experience with due diligence in connection with product development, including the interplay between various forms of IP protection and the functional and aesthetic aspects of consumer products and their packaging. He also often works on the management of large global patent portfolios, including optimization of international patent strategies.

Joe has been a leader in the IP professional community for many years. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois and has served on the faculty of the Practicing Law Institute. Joe has also spoken at Northwestern University School of Law and at DePaul University College of Law. In addition, he is a member of Fitch Even’s Executive Committee.



  • “Patent Reexaminations in Parallel with Litigation,” Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery Webinar, February 22, 2012.
  • Participated in a number of presentations to diverse students on behalf of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession in its work to increase the number of diverse individuals entering the legal profession. Presentations took place at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.; Chicago Bulls College Prep in Chicago; the Better Boys Foundation in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago; Cristo Rey High School in the Pilsen neighborhood; the Apostolic Whole Truth Church in the Englewood neighborhood; Berkeley College in New York City; Allegheny College in Meadville, Penn.; and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. (October - December 2011)
  • “Parallel Patent Reexaminations,” Practising Law Institute, Chicago, October 13, 2011.
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Illinois College of Law, Patent Defenses course (2011 to present).
  • “Advanced Patent Licensing,” Practising Law Institute, New York, May 28, 2008.
  • “Ramifications of KSR v Teleflex,” Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, January 18, 2008 (Panelist).
  • “Handling Intellectual Property Issues in Business Transactions,” Practising Law Institute, Chicago, 2004.
  • “Protection of Product Configuration & Design,” Chicago Bar Association, March 3, 1998.
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
    • President, 2008–09
  • The Richard Linn American Inn of Court
  • U.S. Bar – EPO Liaison Council
  • University Club of Chicago

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