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Joseph A. Micallef

Sidley Austin LLP

Washington, DC, USA

JOSEPH A. MICALLEF is a partner in the Intellectual Property practice in the Washington, D.C. office.

Mr. Micallef represents clients with all types of intellectual property needs in many different circumstances. His litigation experience includes all phases of litigation, from commencement of suit, through fact and expert discovery, motion practice and trial, and he has appeared before federal district and appellate courts, federal agencies, and private arbitration panels. His case work has involved innovations in such cutting edge technologies as computer microarchitecture, multiprocessor computer systems, synchronous dynamic random access memory (SDRAM), search engines, digital rights management, semiconductor fabrication techniques, cellular communications technology, satellite television, computer graphics and voice messaging systems.

Mr. Micallef has aided clients in obtaining patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office in such diverse technologies as computer disk drives, microendoscopes, and archery equipment, and he has counseled clients in the acquisition of existing patents through purchase, and the transfer of patented technology from individual inventors to small, startup companies. He has also provided clients advice on issues of implied license, the interface between the patent and antitrust laws, and opinions on the validity, infringement, and enforceability of various patents. Mr. Micallef has represented numerous clients, both large and small, in the investigation of possible and alleged infringement and the assertion of intellectual property rights in courts throughout the United States.

Mr. Micallef is an Adjunct Professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches Trade Secret and Patent Law. Prior to joining private practice, he clerked for the Honorable Joseph T. Walsh, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Delaware, where he was exposed to numerous corporate and business law issues, among others. He has also co-edited two editions of Duvall's Unfair Competition and the ITC and has authored several articles on patent related topics.

  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Trade
Areas of Focus" ITC Section 337
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trade Secret and Unfair Competition Litigation

Admissions & Certifications
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 1996
  • District of Columbia, 1994

  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1991)
  • Catholic University of America (B.S. in Electrical Engineering, 1988)

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