Joel T. Beres - Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Joel T. Beres

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001
Phone: 502-681-0324

With more than 25 years of Intellectual Property experience, Joel Beres was a natural choice for Regional Counsel to Microsoft Corp. He advises the technology giant on trademark and software copyright infringement issues in Kentucky, Tennessee and southern Ohio.  He also provides counsel to other technology-related companies.

A founding member and former co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology Service Group, he actively tries cases in both state and federal courts. He manages all aspects of litigation for both federal and state courts, including trial and appellate practice.  He has also prepared and prosecuted trademark and copyright applications, prosecuted and defended trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, negotiated and prepared trademark and copyright assignment and license agreements, and negotiated and prepared software licensing and consulting agreements.

Stanford UniversityBA 1983University of California, Los Angeles School of LawJ.D. 1986
American Bar AssociationKentucky Bar AssociationLouisville Bar AssociationInternational Trademark AssociationFederal Circuit Bar AssociationState Bar of California

Case History

Non-Infringement of Patents — Successfully obtained judgment as a matter of law for non-infringement of patents in jury trial before the Eastern District of Texas 
Software Copyright and Trademarks — Successfully defended software copyright and trademarks in Microsoft v. Eagle Computer Systems, Inc. 
Intellectual Property Protection Program — Successfully enforced patent rights in GLW Incorporated v. Euphonix, Inc., intellectual property protection program
Mark Transfers — Handled one of the biggest mark transfers ever for ELECTROLUX

Client Comments

"I have retained Joel Beres as a legal council for the last 10 years. Joel is one of the most responsive, effective legal advisers I have ever worked with. He always makes himself available, irrespective of growing demands for his time. He is quick to assess the scope of legal problems and is clear in articulating advice. I trust his judgments, not only because of his legal insights, but also because of his ability to maintain a high regard for business ethics. After moving my company from Kentucky to Oregon, I have continued to retain Joel and his firm as valuable counsel.."

-David Lundahl
President and CEO
InsightsNow, Inc.

Office Location

400 West Market Street, Suite 1800
Louisville, KY 40202-3352
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Copyright Law of the Louisville Metro Area
Joel T. Beres has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Copyright Law
Information Technology Law
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Patent
Trademark Law

Other Information

Gender: Male