Joseph K. Lee is a member of the Commercial and Complex Litigation Practice Group and the firm’s Intellectual Property Team. Mr. Lee represents private companies in contract and business tort litigation, intellectual property matters, and employment disputes.
Mr. Lee has litigated commercial disputes involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, intentional interference, professional liability, and other business torts. He also has experience with collections matters and adversary proceedings in bankruptcy.
Mr. Lee’s intellectual property experience includes litigating trademark and trade secret matters, building and managing intellectual property portfolios, and preparing license agreements. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Mr. Lee is also an experienced employment attorney and has litigated matters involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, and the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). He advises businesses on human resources issues, including payroll practices, policies and procedures, employee handbooks, job descriptions, high-risk terminations, and workplace investigations. He also represents employers in administrative hearings.
Mr. Lee earned his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. During law school, Mr. Lee competed in the Giles Sutherland Rich (Patent) Moot Court Competition and served on the Moot Court Board. He earned the High Tech Excellence Award in 2011 and graduated with the High Tech Law Certificate, Intellectual Property Specialization with honors. He was also a Law Clerk with the Consumer & Environmental Protection Division of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.
- Cooper Drum Cooperating Parties Group v. American Polymers Corporation, et al., CV 19-03007-AB, 2020 WL 2504331 (C.D. Cal. May 13, 2020)
News & Publications
- Supreme Court Ruling Narrowing Patent Assignor Estoppel Doctrine Favors Employee Mobility In Post-Employment Disputes Involving Invention AssignmentsBusiness Law Journal, 07.08.2021
- Supreme Court Ruling in Google v. Oracle Marks Significant Victory for Copyright “Fair Use” in Commercial WorksBusiness Law Journal, 04.14.2021
- Better Luck Next Time—Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects Defense Preclusion in Lucky Brand Trademark RowBusiness Law Journal, 05.28.2020
- Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Willfulness is Not a Precondition for an Award of Infringer’s Profits in Trademark CasesBusiness Law Journal, 04.27.2020
- Business Law Journal, 04.09.2020
- Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Patent and Trademark Office Cannot Recover Attorneys’ Fees in Section 145 District Court Challenges of Patent Denial DecisionsBusiness Law Journal, 12.16.2019
- Infringers Profits and Willfulness: Supreme Court Set to Resolve Circuit Split Regarding Trademark DamagesBusiness Law Journal, 10.24.2019
- Words Matter in Design Patents: Federal Circuit Rules that Claim Language Can Limit the Scope of a Design PatentBusiness Law Journal, 09.24.2019
- Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split and Rules Trademark Licensee Rights Survived Rejection of Trademark Licensing Agreement in BankruptcyBusiness Law Journal, 05.31.2019
Community & Professional
- California Lawyers Association, Intellectual Property Law Section, Member
- District of Columbia Bar, Intellectual Property Law Community, Member
- Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section, Member
- Orange County Bar Association, Intellectual Property & Technology Law Section, Member
- Orange County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, Member