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Joseph A. Capraro Jr.

Adjunct Professor


Joseph A. Capraro is a partner in the Patent Law and Intellectual Property Groups and he leads the patent and trademark prosecution and technology licensing groups at Proskauer Rose LLP. Over the course of his career, Joe has developed broad experience in connection with the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. He provides clients with practical legal advice across the entire spectrum of intellectual property areas, including strategic intellectual property portfolio development, patent and trademark prosecution, technology licensing, intellectual property due diligence in corporate transactions, and intellectual property litigation support.

His clients include private and public emerging technology companies as well as technology start-ups. Joe spends much of his time working with companies having product offerings in the engineering arts, with particular emphasis on plasma devices, semiconductor equipment, analytical science solutions, power supplies, medical lasers, image processing devices, optical components, medical devices, alternative energy technologies, financial services, multimedia, software and telecommunications.

Joe works closely with U.S. and global clients directing the strategic development of their patent and trademark portfolios. He is an experienced patent prosecutor and strategist, aggressively pursuing patent and trademark protection  on behalf of his clients in technology fields often crowded with existing patents. In addition, Joe has extensive experience with accelerated patent prosecution and post grant proceedings including inter partes review, reissue and re-examination proceedings in the United States and with patent and trademark opposition proceedings globally.

He often acts as adjunct inside IP counsel to his clients, providing both intellectual property and transactional advice tailored to his clients' business and technology objectives. Over his two decade career, Joe has amassed extensive experience in this role, providing advice in support of corporate transactions, technology and intellectual property licenses, settlement agreements, research agreements, product development agreements, distribution agreements and strategic partnership agreements. 

Joe has participated in numerous intellectual property litigations and in alternative dispute resolution of intellectual property matters involving patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. His clients have included Hypertherm, Inc., MKS Instruments, Inc., Physical Sciences, Inc., Energetiq Technologies, Inc., Transamerica Capital Management, Earth Networks Inc. and Helius Medical Technologies, Inc.

Recognized in Chambers USA, Joe is praised for his “fabulous breadth of knowledge and practicality” and “his excellent strategic advice on portfolios and patent prosecutions.” Clients say Joe “is a business-minded lawyer with knowledge of both corporate and IP issues. He provides practical advice suitable for today’s business climate. He is dependable and a straight-shooter.” Joe is a founder and contributing editor of Proskauer’s New England IP Blog.