Joe Bird is a registered patent attorney and combines an active patent prosecution practice with technology- and science-related litigation. He attended UAB’s graduate program in Vision Science and completed the coursework for an M.S. Degree. Vision Science at UAB is a combination of neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, physiological optics and biochemistry and genetics.
He has obtained and worked on numerous patents and related IP matters including licensing, trademarks, copyrights and noncompetition covenants. Patent prosecution experience includes optical devices, software and manufacturing processes, cognitive neuroscience inventions, neurotechnology, biotechnology and sundry mechanical devices. He also has significant expertise in the determination of patentable subject matter in software and other process patents including neurotechnology. He also has significant experience in patent litigation. With these experiences, Joe can add value to virtually any litigation or IP matter, and his cross-training in these areas makes him more valuable to clients in both areas.
He has a significant knowledge base in neuroscience having studied at the graduate level and having worked on national counsel teams defending pharmaceutical companies in litigation in which plaintiffs allege neurological and neurodevelopmental injuries. Joe has been lead national counsel for Bayer Healthcare in developing experts and the proximate causation defense in litigation alleging Thimerosal containing immune globulins caused Autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. This is part of the larger litigation involving alleging Vaccines cause Autism.
Joe has also tried more than 30 cases to final verdict in state and federal courts, approximately half of those being jury cases and many of the others being competitive disputes in which preliminary injunctions were tried nonjury and converted to a final judgment. Complex commercial, trade secret and product liability cases round out his trial experience. Other significant litigation matters as lead counsel resolved successfully before trial include a complex set of commercial and environmental disputes arising out of Ford Motor Company’s sale of its former Sheffield aluminum casting plant. The purchaser and local municipalities were the parties adverse to Ford. The Ford Sheffield matter also included approximately 2500 individual plaintiff claims alleging personal injuries from contamination and around Ford’s former facility. Joe was lead counsel and heavily involved in all aspects of these matters over almost six years including discovery and motion practice, and settlement negotiation.