Joseph D. Kuborn
(414) 271-7590

Practice Areas

  • Patent
  • Trademark & Copyright
  • IP Transactions
  • Client Counseling on IP

Technology Areas

  • Mechanical Patents
  • Electrical Patents & Software Patents


  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (B.S. Electrical Engineering, with honors)
  • Marquette University Law School (J.D., cum laude)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of Wisconsin

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Joseph D. Kuborn is a registered patent attorney and partner at Andrus Intellectual Property Law. Joe focuses his practice on domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution and strategic analysis related to product development and discoveries. He is experienced in the areas of intellectual property enforcement and infringement studies. He also counsels clients on trade secret protection and copyrights and has experience with drafting and negotiating technology transfers, license agreements, and confidentiality agreements. Joe has prepared, filed, and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications and provides infringement, novelty, and right-to-use opinions.

Joe has worked with a wide variety of technologies, including:

  • medical devices
  • medical monitoring technologies and equipment
  • RF technology
  • wireless communication devices
  • mining and mineral crushing equipment
  • utility metering equipment
  • computer software and hardware
  • plastic film handling
  • smoke detecting devices
  • home heating system controls
  • car wash operational controls
  • home stand-by power systems
  • internet-related business methods and software
  • office furniture designs
  • sporting equipment

Joe has been featured in Chambers USA as an Up and Coming attorney in the field of Intellectual Property. In 2011, Chambers said Joe "is the 'master of writing patents,'" according to interviewees. "He wins particular praise for his 'understanding of product design concepts.'" In 2012, Chambers said Joe "is described as 'practical, budget-minded and very responsive,' and also elicits praise for his 'rational, levelheaded' attitude to matters. He handles both domestic and cross-border patent and trademark prosecution, and has vast experience of working with products in a variety of technology arenas."

Joe was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the area of Patent Law every year since 2016, selected for inclusion in the IAM Patent 1000 as a top patent practitioner in Wisconsin every year since 2013, selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Editions in 2006, 2007 and 2009, selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuter’s Super Lawyers Editions every year since 2020, and selected for inclusion in the 2014-2023 editions of Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars. Joe is ranked AV Preeminent by his peers on Martindale-Hubbell.

Education and Engineering Experience

Joe received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (with honors) and a juris doctor degree from Marquette University Law School (cum laude). While at Marquette, Joe was a member of the Marquette Law Review (1994-95) and participated in the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Society.

Prior to joining Andrus, Joe worked in the legal departments of Eaton Corporation and Johnson Controls.


  • American Bar Association 
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association (WIPLA)
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