Joseph W. Winkels

Email: jwinkels@carlsoncaspers.com

Phone: 612.436.9623

Joe is a litigator at Carlson Caspers who focuses primarily on patent, trade secret, trademark, licensing and contract disputes. He has worked on matters involving a wide array of established and emerging technologies, from apparel, lawn care, concrete retaining wall blocks and paint, to complex optical, medical, telecommunications and three-dimensional printing products. Drawing on this broad experience, and his degree in mechanical engineering, Joe quickly identifies the core issues facing his clients and develops solutions that meet the unique business, competitive and legal challenges they face.

Joe has substantial trial experience. He recently second chaired a two-week jury trial in a case involving commercial lawn mowers, resulting in a $50 million judgment for his client. The case has been identified as among the Top 100 jury verdicts in 2015 across all practice areas.  He was also actively involved in two other $20+ million Carlson Caspers trial wins, one concerning cardiovascular stent manufacturing technology and the other involving six patents related to landscaping products. Joe has also counseled clients in relation to International Trade Commission (ITC) matters and has been involved in numerous federal and state court actions involving contractual, trademark and trade secret disputes.

In addition to litigation work, Joe advises his clients on patent portfolio management, pre-acquisition and joint venture due diligence, and provides freedom to operate opinions. He has conducted IP portfolio investigations on behalf of leading innovators in a number of technology areas, including medical implants, pacemakers, surgical instruments, telecommunications and three-dimensional printers. Joe also worked on the development and ultimate sale of a large patent portfolio relating to 4G wireless communication technologies.

Joe has repeatedly been named a “Rising Star” in Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.

EDUCATION

University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., magna cum laude

University of Notre Dame
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude
Tau Beta Pi

BAR ADMISSIONS

Minnesota Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court