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Bruce Joseph Named a Legal Times “Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer”

April 29, 2008

Legal Times has named Wiley Rein Copyright Practice chair Bruce G. Joseph one of the capital region’s ten “Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers” in the areas of copyright and trademark law.  A profile of Mr. Joseph in the paper highlights an impressive career that includes his central participation in legislative and inter-industry policy debates as well as his involvement in litigating many of the important cases in the field. 

Recognizing him as a “leading advocate for corporate copyright users,” the paper reports that Mr. Joseph represents a range of corporations and associations—AT&T, the Association of American Universities, CTIA-the Wireless Association, Clear Channel Communications, Philips Electronics, Sirius Satellite Radio and Verizon among them—in connection with copyright litigation; copyright and digital content protection legislation, regulation and inter-industry activities; music and sound recording fee proceedings; and copyright licensing and registration. 

Clients who spoke with Legal Times praise the breadth of Mr. Joseph’s practice and the depth of his knowledge and experience.  Patrick Donnelly, general counsel of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., for whom Mr. Joseph recently handled a multi-billion dollar copyright royalty fee proceeding, described him as “innovative,” with an “exceptional knowledge of copyright law, including the legislative history behind the provisions.”  Sarah Deutsch, associate general counsel of Verizon Communications and its lead copyright and trademark lawyer, praised Mr. Joseph’s skills as a negotiator, telling the paper, “He knows the cases inside and out.”  John Vaughn, executive vice president of the Association of American Universities, described him as “spectacular.”

Asked about his role in helping to preserve what has been called a “delicate balance” in the law, Mr. Joseph acknowledged the important incentives for creativity provided by copyright protection, but noted “at the same time, protection applied to broadly, for too long, can do more harm than good, interfering with beneficial conduct and the development of new technologies.”

Mr. Joseph, a 1979 magna cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School and editor of the Law Review, has been with Wiley Rein since just after its inception in 1983. 

To read the full profile, click here.