Joseph W. Dubis, Ph.D.

Associate
He / Him / His
Minneapolis
150 South Fifth Street, Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
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An associate in Merchant & Gould’s Minneapolis office, Joe has extensive experience in complex patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret matters as well as work in appellate and post grant proceedings. Joe focuses on identifying the critical aspects of the case that may drive a favorable settlement or be persuasive to a trial fact finder.

Joseph is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of St. Thomas with a degree in biology. Following undergrad, Joseph received a doctorate in biology and biomedical science with an emphasis in neurosciences from Washington University in St. Louis. While there, he used functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate how groups of regions of the human brain, known as networks, manifest task instructions during tasks. His attention-focused research on adults may be used to help diagnose attention disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and Tourette syndrome in children.

Joseph graduated summa cum laude and salutatorian from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. At Mitchell Hamline, he was a staff member on the Cybaris® Intellectual Property Law Review, publishing an article entitled “Inter Partes Review: A Multi-Method Comparison for Challenging Patent Validity,” and was later an executive editor for the journal.

Joe has been honored as a Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, and Minnesota Monthly’s Best Lawyers in Minnesota.

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Joseph was active in soccer, high school band, and the Boy Scouts of America. In his free time now, Joseph enjoys participating in and watching a variety of sports and being outdoors and on the lake fishing and boating. He also likes to cook and bake when time allows.

Education

Mitchell Hamline School of Law
   J.D., summa cum laude, 2016
   Salutatorian (William Mitchell Legacy)
   Cybaris®, an Intellectual Property Law Review, Executive Editor

Washington University in St. Louis
   Ph.D. Biological and Medical Sciences (Neurosciences), 2013

University of St. Thomas
   B.S. Biology, 2008

Admissions

Minnesota, 2016
United States Patent & Trademark Office, 2012

Awards & Recognition

Mpls. St. Paul Magazine Top Attorneys in Minnesota Rising Stars, 2022
Selected as by Best Lawyers in America: One to Watch, 2021-2023
Attorney of the Year - Groups, by Minnesota Lawyer, 2017
Eagle Scout

Publications & Speaking

Quoted, Fed. Circ.'s FRAND Decision Will Put Spotlight On Juries, Law360, December 13, 2019

NYIPLA Endorses Patent Office Change to Phillips Claim Construction Standard, IPWatchDog, August 3, 2018


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Blogs
9/27/22
Retroactive Agreements Sufficient to Create Standing Under Copyright Act
Blogs
3/1/22
SCOTUS Confirms Mistakes of Law in Copyright Registrations Can Be Saved by Safe Harbor
News Alerts
1/19/22
James Beard and Joe Dubis Named Litigation Paralegal Co-Supervisors
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that James W. Beard, a Denver partner, and Joe Dubis, a Minneapolis associate, have been named Litigation Paralegal Co-Supervisors, effective Jan. 1, 2022. They replace Will Schultz who served as Supervisor for more ...
Blogs
6/29/21
SCOTUS Holds Decisions of PTAB APJs Must Be Reviewable by PTO Director
Blogs
4/27/21
CAFC Grants Motion to Substitute in Appeal of Inter Partes Reexamination
Blogs
2/2/21
Fourth Circuit Dismisses Appeal of Preliminary Injunction as Moot
Blogs
11/3/20
CAFC Holds Transfer To First-Filed Court Proper Absent Compelling Circumstances
Press Releases
8/24/20
Merchant & Gould Attorneys names by Best Lawyers as The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch 2021 Edition. 
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been included in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch 2021 Edition. These awards are recognitions given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding ...
Press Releases
4/17/19
Merchant & Gould Successfully Protects Vexilar’s Patent
MINNEAPOLIS – April 17, 2019 – Merchant & Gould, a national intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce that Vexilar, Inc., a Minneapolis-based pioneer in sonar technology, fish finders, and the marine business, won an important ...
Press Releases
2/7/18
Merchant & Gould Team Receives Minnesota Lawyer's Attorneys of the Year Award
Merchant & Gould is proud to announce that a team their attorneys received an award for Attorneys of the Year - Groups from Minnesota Lawyer for 2017 in the category of performing significant public services. The team volunteered many pro bono hours to ...
Press Releases
10/26/17
Merchant & Gould Presents 2017 Pro Bono Award to Asylum Team
Merchant & Gould, a national intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual Pro Bono Achievement Award: a Merchant & Gould team of attorneys and assistants who handled a volunteer pro bono case from the Advocates ...
Articles
2/6/17
Navigating Post-Grant Proceedings
As published in the January/February 2017 issue of The Federal Lawyer. The United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC v. Lee1 clarified two important issues regarding post-grant procedures, namely, whether a Patent ...
White Papers
12/9/16
Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc.: Redefining Design Patents’ “Article of Manufacture” Standard
Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc.: Redefining Design Patents’ “Article of Manufacture” StandardThe Supreme Court addressed the scope of design patents for which a patentee may recover an infringer’s “total profits” under ...
Press Releases
11/10/16
Merchant & Gould Hires Three Associates in Minneapolis
Merchant & Gould is pleased to welcome new associate attorneys Laura L. Hupp, Joseph W. Dubis, Ph.D., and Elisabeth K. Muirhead to its Minneapolis office. Laura Hupp, previously from McKee, Voorhees & Sease, P.L.C. of Des Moines, Iowa, and Shook, ...
White Papers
6/18/14
Supreme Court Clarifies “Definiteness” in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc.
The Supreme Court recently decided the case of Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., 572 U.S. ___ (2014) and addressed one previously unclear area for determining “definiteness” under 35 U.S.C. Section 112, Paragraph 2. The Court reversed ...
Articles
6/18/14
Supreme Court clarifies “definiteness” in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc.
Lexology The Supreme Court recently decided the case of Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., 572 U.S. ___ (2014) and addressed one previously unclear area for determining “definiteness” under 35 U.S.C. Section 112, Paragraph 2. The ...