Joseph Winkels - Carlson Caspers


Phone: (612) 436-9623

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Joe is a litigator 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 complex medical, optical, telecommunications and three-dimensional printing products to apparel, lawn care, concrete retaining wall blocks and paint. 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 extensive trial experience and has been integrally involved with a number of multimillion-dollar Carlson Caspers trial wins. He has argued before numerous federal and state courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He has also counseled clients in relation to Patent and Trademark Office review proceedings and International Trade Commission matters.

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 devices, surgical instruments, and telecommunications products. Joe also worked on the development and sale of a large patent portfolio relating to wireless communication technologies.

Joe is a member of the Leaders Council for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans and served on LSC’s Opioid Task Force.

Joe serves on the firm’s Board of Directors and Management Committee. He previously served as President of the Wayzata Country Club.

Outside of work, Joe spends much of his time at sporting events for his two children, and a little time golfing and hunting.


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

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


Minnesota Supreme Court
US District Court for the District of Minnesota
US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
US Supreme Court


Speaking Engagements, Webinars, and Presentations

Midwest IP Institute, Guest speaker (2019-2021)
American Intellectual Property Law Association Spring Meeting, Guest speaker (2018)
American Intellectual Property Law Association Mid-Winter Institute, Guest speaker, (2017)


Joe has repeatedly been named a “Super Lawyer” in Minnesota Super Lawyers®.

In 2024 Joe was recognized on the IAM Patent 1000 list of the “World’s Leading Patent Professionals.”

Joe was listed in Patexia’s ANDA Litigation Intelligence Report, 2022 Edition, recognizing Carlson Caspers as among the Top 10 ANDA Best Performing Firms and the Top 25 Most Active Firms for Hatch-Waxman Litigation.