Joseph W. Dubis, Ph.D.

150 South Fifth Street, Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
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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

Bar and Court Admissions

Minnesota, 2016
United States Patent & Trademark Office, 2012

Awards & Recognition

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

An associate in Merchant & Gould’s Minneapolis office, Joseph practices all areas of intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent litigation, appellate work and post grant proceedings. Joseph’s motivation to become a lawyer was partly to help bridge the gap between inventors, scientists, and developers and the intellectual property protection they deserve.

Joseph is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of St. Thomas with a degree in biology. While at St. Thomas, Joe studied abroad in Italy, was a member of the class council, was a resident advisor, and was a member of Tri-Beta, a biology honor society. 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.

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.


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Press Releases
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 ...
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Team of Four Receives Minnesota Lawyer's Attorneys of the Year Award
Merchant & Gould is proud to announce that a team of four of attorneys has received an award for Attorneys of the Year - Groups from Minnesota Lawyer for 2017 in the category of performing significant public services. Partner Rachel Hughey and associates ...
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Merchant & Gould Presents 2017 Pro Bono Award to 7-Person 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 five attorneys and two assistants who handled a volunteer pro bono case from the ...
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
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 ...
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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, Hardy ...