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Joel E. Lehrer

Goodwin Procter LLP

Boston, MA, USA

Joel Lehrer, a partner in Goodwin Procter's Technology Companies Group and a member of its FinTech Practice, specializes in intellectual property transactions and strategies for technology clients.

Mr. Lehrer's practice includes both the strategic development, management and protection of intellectual property portfolios, as well as technology and intellectual property transactions. Mr. Lehrer’s portfolio development practice focuses on domestic and international patents and trademarks and opinion work concerning clearance, patentability, infringement and validity. He has significant experience prosecuting patents on behalf of clients in the areas of computer software, computer hardware, data analytics, consumer electronics, business methods, financial systems and instruments, e-commerce, process control and simulation, and imaging.

Mr. Lehrer's transactional practice involves counseling clients with regard to intellectual property licensing, open source issues, and due diligence and other intellectual property issues in mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, and venture capital and private equity transactions. Mr. Lehrer is a regular contributor to Goodwin Procter’s Founder's Workbench and frequently speaks to start-ups, industry groups, and early-stage companies about IP issues.

Work For Clients

Recent representative clients and matters include:

  • CDS Business Mapping, a provider of underwriting information to over 700 insurance carriers, agents and brokers nationwide, in its acquisition by CoreLogic
  • Gibson Guitar in connection with a private placement of $225 million in aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes, the first capital markets offering for the iconic musical instrument company in its nearly 120-year history
  • BroadHop, Inc., a provider of telecommunication network control systems, in its sale to Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Charlesbank Capital Partners, a private equity firm with over $3 billion in assets, in its sale of The Princeton Review to Tutor.com
  • The Carlyle Group in its acquisition of Talent Partners, a talent payroll solutions provider for the advertising industry
  • Drafting and securing patents for clients in the financial services, mobile advertising, application security and video surveillance fields

Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Lehrer was an associate in the Patent and Intellectual Property Practice Group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault in Boston.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Lehrer spent 10 years working for technology companies focused on the design, development and deployment of large-scale software applications in the financial services, aerospace and defense, and business-to-consumer Internet industries. His areas of expertise include software development methodologies, process design and reengineering, manufacturing, operations management, Web-based technologies, and institutional and retail financial systems.

Patenting "Big Data"
August 14, 2012

Patenting the Money Machine
The Deal
February 19, 2007

Trends in Financial Services Patents
February 9, 2007

Open Source: Answers to 10 Common Questions
January 24, 2006

Speaking Engagements

Law School for the CFO
February 25, 2015
Boston, MA

CFO Roundtable's Law School for the CFO
October 16, 2013
Boston, MA

CFO Roundtable: Law School for the CFO
November 9, 2011


J.D., 2002
Suffolk University School of Law(magna cum laude)
B.S., Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, 1989
University of California Berkeley




US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)


U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts


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