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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Joseph Loy is an intellectual property litigation partner whose practice includes patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes before federal trial and appellate courts nationwide. Joseph has represented clients in cases involving a wide range of industries, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, wireless telecommunications, petrochemicals, oil drilling, cruise ships, digital photography, smart phones, tablet computers and computer software. Joseph’s client victories have been featured in The American Lawyer, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Law360.

In 2019, The Legal 500 recognized Joseph for his patent litigation work before the International Trade Commission as well as for his trade secrets work involving both litigation and non-contentious matters. He was also named a Litigator of the Week (runner up) in The American Lawyer in 2019. In 2016, Benchmark Litigation named Joseph to its inaugural “Under 40 Hot List” to honor “the achievements of the nation’s most accomplished legal partners” age 40 and under. He was also selected as a Federal Circuit Bar Association 2016-2017 Global Fellow; and a “Super Lawyer” in Intellectual Property Litigation from 2016–2019. In 2015, the New York Law Journal named Joseph a “Rising Star,” an honor awarded to only 50 attorneys that year. Each year from 2012 to 2015, Super Lawyers Magazine named Joseph a “Rising Star” in Intellectual Property Litigation, a distinction awarded to less than 2.5% of New York lawyers under 40. In 2011, Joseph was named a “Best LGBT Attorney Under 40” in the United States by the National LGBT Bar Association.

Joseph’s pro bono matters have included the successful representation of over forty asylum seekers before the Department of Homeland Security, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Board of Immigration Appeals, and in immigration court. He has served as Special Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office and Special Assistant Corporation Counsel for the Law Department of the City of New York. Joseph has also coached New York City high school mock trial teams and judged mock trial and moot court law school competitions. In 2012, Kirkland named Joseph its Pro Bono Partner of the Year. Joseph is also a member of the Firmwide Pro Bono Management Committee.


New York University School of Law, J.D., 2004, Staff Editor, 2002–2003; Article and Note Editor, 2003–2004, NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, Assoc. Editor, Singapore Yearbook of International Law, 2003–2004; Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, M.P.A., Science and Technology Policy, 2002; The University of Oklahoma, B.S., Biochemistry, magna cum laude, 1997.

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United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP houses a stellar bench of experienced trial lawyers, including the New York-based Gregory Arovas, Robert Appleby, Joseph Loy, and Todd Friedman; James Hurst, Amanda Hollis, and Bryan Hales in Chicago; Michael De Vries and Ellisen Turner in Los Angeles; Adam Alper in San Francisco; Gregg LoCascio and John O’Quinn in Washington DC; and Jeannie Heffernan in Austin. Operating across the country, the practice is a preferred choice for major industry clients for a wide gamut of patent disputes, litigating cases before district courts, the Federal Circuit, the ITC, the PTAB, and the Supreme Court. The group has particular expertise in the semiconductor, telecommunications, technology, electronics and pharmaceutical industries.