Professional Biography

Joseph Hamilton Partner

  • Los Angeles

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    Los Angeles

    1888 Century Park East, Suite 1700

    Los Angeles, CA 90067-1721




Joe Hamilton, a partner with Perkins Coie, has devoted more than 20 years to guiding life science and technology companies through their most significant patent disputes. Based in the firm's Los Angeles office, Joe has been recognized by Intellectual Asset Management in the IAM Patent 1000 and as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. Following implementation of the America Invents Act (AIA), Joe has developed a comprehensive litigation approach for his clients, managing and coordinating litigation in federal district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where Joe has been ranked for most active matters and best performance in the IPR space in Patexia’s 2019 IPR Intelligence Report.

In addition to litigating, Joe counsels companies and research institutions on the establishment, development, and maintenance of patent portfolios in a variety of technologies including drug delivery and medical devices, computer hardware and software, and chemical and drug processing and manufacturing. Joe’s representative clients range from startups and venture-backed companies to members of the Fortune 500.

Joe is also an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the University of Southern California Law School Alumni Association, where he mentors rising law students interested in patent law.

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked in the Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2012 - 2015
  • Named a Southern California "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2013

Professional Leadership

  • Southern California Biotech Counsel
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Related Employment

  • Lyon & Lyon LLP, Los Angeles, CA, Associate, 2000 - 2002





Bar and Court Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas


  • USC Gould School of Law, J.D., 2000, Articles Editor, Southern California Law Review, 1999 - 2000
  • University of Southern California, M.S., Chemical Engineering, 1997
  • University of Southern California, B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1995