Professional Biography

Joshua M. Nelson Partner

Firmwide Vice-Chair, Patent Prosecution & Portfolio Counseling Practice

  • Boise

    T +1.208.343.3434

    F +1.208.343.3232


    1111 West Jefferson Street, Suite 500

    Boise, ID 83702-5391




Joshua Nelson focuses his practice on the strategic development and monetization of patent portfolios for companies in every stage of growth. He has extensive experience in all aspects of patent portfolio management, including the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, patent licensing and litigation, and portfolio acquisitions and sales. Joshua has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, including semiconductor manufacturing and packaging, computer hardware, computer networking, telecommunications, aerospace, software, and image and video processing.

Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Joshua served as patent counsel for several leading global technology companies, where he managed patent portfolios comprising thousands of patents and directed the filing of hundreds of U.S. and foreign patent applications every year. He also helped clients to develop and implement intellectual property management programs for the early identification and strategic protection of high-value innovations.

Community Involvement

  • Discovery Center of Idaho, Board of Directors

Related Employment

  • Micron Technology, Inc., Boise, ID, Senior Patent Counsel, 2013 – 2017
  • Western Digital Technologies, Irvine, CA, Director & Patent Counsel, 2009 – 2012
  • McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Irvine, CA, Associate, 2005 – 2009




Bar and Court Admissions

  • California
  • Idaho
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Boston College Law School, J.D., 2005
  • University of Dallas, B.A., Physics, 1999