Joseph W. Bauer

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150 South Fifth Street, Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.371.5236
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Joseph W. Bauer is an associate attorney for Merchant & Gould’s Minneapolis, MN, office. As an intellectual property attorney, Joseph focuses his practice on patent law for clients in the electrical engineering, computer engineering and software spaces.

Serving Organizations in the Electrical & Software Industries

From new computer programs to medical devices, Joseph strategizes on behalf of inventors and organizations to protect their ideas and inventions. In his practice, he works to prepare patents and supports you through the application process. Joseph also prosecutes patents, arguing the patentability of your invention or idea on your behalf.

Joseph believes that business and law should work together for the best protection. He looks at the big picture, ensuring your patent strategy is legally secure for the future of your business.

Leading With Knowledge in the Law, Engineering & Science

Joseph attended undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, obtaining a double major in Computer Engineering and Computer Science. This background helps him understand the technical aspects of a wide variety of inventions. He’s able to develop legal strategies to encompass every detail included in your ideas.

Joseph’s additional experience as a judicial extern for the US District Court of Minnesota has given him an inside look into the court process.

Joseph received his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. He graduated with high distinction and received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in Legal Analysis, Writing and Research. He also received the Faculty Award for Academic Excellence in Evidence and Trust & Estates.

In addition to his educational experience, Joseph is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA). He’s dedicated to remaining up-to-date in the industry to provide you the best legal solutions.

When Joseph isn’t working to protect your ideas, you’ll find him outside cross-country skiing, mountain biking or running.


Minnesota State Bar


University of Iowa College of Law
J.D., with high distinction

University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S., Computer Engineering, Computer Science