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Joseph D. Rutkowski

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Education

  • Boston University School of Law (JD, magna cum laude)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (BS, Information Technology: Management Information Systems, summa cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Joseph’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and counseling on issues related to intellectual property rights. Joseph’s primary focus is in patent litigation, including the intricacies of Hatch-Waxman pharmaceutical litigation. He has extensive experience in every stage of litigation, from pre-suit investigations through appeal – including case initiation, fact and expert discovery, motion practice, and successful preparation for and participation in trials involving patent infringement allegations. 

Joseph has represented clients across a wide range of technologies including pharmaceuticals, medical and mechanical devices, consumer products, and telecommunications services. He has also worked on numerous high-stakes Hatch-Waxman litigations for major pharmaceutical companies through trial and appeals. Beyond patent litigation, Joseph has experience in disputes involving unfair competition, breach of contract, trademarks and trade secret misappropriation, and educational institutions.  

In addition to his intellectual property and complex commercial litigation experience, Joseph served, pro bono, as lead counsel for a homeless shelter in numerous housing court matters, including summary process jury trial, alternative dispute resolution, contract negotiations, and strategic assessments.

Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Joseph was an associate in the Boston litigation practice of another international law firm. During law school, Joseph was an editor on the Boston University Law Review. Before beginning his legal career, he was a business and systems integration consultant, working with Fortune 500 financial services and technology clients to design and implement enterprise-wide IT systems across US markets. 

Representative Matters

  • Member of a trial team that represents major international pharmaceutical companies and has successfully litigated cases at both the district court and appellate level in ANDA patent infringement actions under the Hatch-Waxman Act.  Representative civil actions including: Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited et al v. Mylan, Inc. et al, (S.D.N.Y. 12-cv-00024).
  • Inline Plastics Corp. v. EasyPak, LLC, Appeal No. 14-1305 (Fed. Cir.): Represented Inline Plastics while obtaining dismissal of invalidity counterclaims and entry of judgment on infringement to expedite appeal and reversal and remand of case-dispositive claim construction.
  • MeadWestvaco v. Rexam, Appeal No. 12-1518 (Fed. Cir.): Represented plaintiff-appellee before the Federal Circuit following a bench trial awarding the company with permanent injunctions against two direct competitors.  While considering numerous challenges to infringement and validity from both defendant-appellants in a consolidated appeal, the Federal Circuit affirmed, inter alia, the district court’s decisions on infringement and did not disturb injunctions awarded to our client.
  • Dallakian v. IPG Photonics, No. 14-cv-11863 (D. Mass.): Represented IPG Photonics while successfully defending against claims for correction of inventorship and trade secret misappropriation.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Dean’s Award for Environmental Law, Boston University School of Law

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, Boston Patent Law Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association