Joel T. Beres

Joel T. Beres


Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Recognized since 2003

Louisville, Kentucky

Practice Areas

Copyright Law

Information Technology Law

Litigation - Intellectual Property

Litigation - Patent

Trade Secrets Law

Trademark Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Patent Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Litigation - Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Copyright Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Copyright Law
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With more than 25 years of Intellectual Property experience, Joel actively tries cases in both state and federal courts. A founding member and former co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology Service Group, he manages all aspects of infringement 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.

More Than Stites & HarbisonMr. Beres is active in the International Trademark Association leadership and served on its Board of Directors (2010-12) and was the Chair of Membership Services Committee (2008-09). He is a Davidson Fellow for Trademark Law at the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and is a founding member of the Stanford University Alumni Club in Louisville. He also served on the Board of Trustees of St. Francis High School (2010-14) and served on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Council on Economic Education. Always the technophile, Mr. Beres enjoys tech gadgets and playing with the latest computer hardware and software. True to his Montana roots, he also enjoys fencing, but just the barbed wire variety.

Location

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

Languages

  • English

Education

  • Stanford University , B.A. Economics and Public Policy, graduated 1983

Bar Admissions

  • California, The State Bar of California
  • Kentucky, Kentucky Bar Association

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association - Member
  • International Trademark Association - Board of Directors (2010-12); Chair, Membership Services Committee (2008-09)
  • Kentucky Bar Association - Member
  • Louisville Bar Association - Member
  • State Bar of California - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court fo the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Patent Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Litigation - Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Copyright Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Copyright Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Patent, Louisville (2021)
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property, Louisville (2020)
  • Copyright Law, Louisville (2019)
  • Trademark Law, Louisville (2018)
  • Copyright Law, Louisville (2017)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Copyright Law
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Information Technology Law

Special Focus

  • COVID-19
  • Trademark

Awards:

  • Kentucky Super Lawyers (2009-present)
  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyers for Copyright/Trademark Law and Information Technology Law (2013, 2016)
  • ChambersUSA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2013-present)
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers, Top 50 Attorneys in Kentucky (2010-15; 2017)
  • Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars (2013-present)

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"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 (InsightsNow, Inc.), Corvallis, OR

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