Joseph W. Mott

Direct Dial: 602.714.7441

Joseph Mott is a registered patent attorney with an advanced degree in civil engineering. He focuses his practice on intellectual property and technology issues. He prepares and prosecutes: U.S. utility and design patent applications and their international counterparts; federal, state and foreign trademark applications; and U.S. copyright and mask work applications.

Joseph represents clients in the licensing, purchase, sale, and securitization of intellectual property and technology. He helps develop and evaluate intellectual property strategies and secures patents in the mechanical, software, information technology, optics, chemical and bio-chemical arts. He has represented manufacturers, distributors, and start-up enterprises in a variety of technology transactions and licensing matters. He also has represented biotechnology and life sciences clients in various intellectual property matters, including both provisional and regular patent applications on medical devices, treatment technologies and diagnostic methods, material transfer agreements, grant and sub grant agreements, research agreements with industry, and commercial evaluation of a number of disease control formulations and proposed medical devices.

Joseph also provides antitrust counseling to clients. He has advised physician groups, hospital organizations, construction trade associations, and other industry groups on the antitrust implications of proposed combinations and agreements to further their business objectives. He also has represented clients in the documentation of confidentiality agreements and covenants not to compete, and their enforcement where necessary.

Joseph has experience in the litigation of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition, antitrust and technology-related commercial and contract causes.  He served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder, Arizona Court of Appeals, 1976-1977.  He has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® (2014, 2013 and 2012 editions) in the areas of Patent Law, Trademark Law and Copyright Law.


  • J.D., Arizona State University College of Law, 1976
    Magna cum laude
    Managing Editor, Arizona State Law Journal (1975-1976)
  • M.S.E., Polytechnic Institute of New York, 1972
  • B.S.E., Princeton University, Civil Engineering, 1969


  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Arizona, Intellectual Property Law Section


Patent Prosecution/Tech Transfer/Licensing

  • Represented a major research institute in patent protection matters, including formulating patent strategies, filing provisional and utility patent applications and licensing, targeting Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and arthritis.
  • Represented the intellectual property development arm of a major hospital system in analysis of patentability of and commercial evaluation of internally developed medical devices, and preparation of provisional and utility patent applications with respect thereto.
  • Represented a state agency on patent strategies and commercial evaluation of disease control formulations and techniques, including patent prosecution of U.S. and international patents targeting molecular biochemical discoveries related to cancer prevention.
  • Represented a variety of clients in patenting mechanical, electrical and business method inventions.

IP Litigation

  • Defended minicomputer warranty litigation; Defended product liability cases.
  • Represented a semiconductor company in antitrust litigation involving tying of operating system software to hardware and in defense of trade secret litigation and microprocessor design.
  • Litigated patent infringement actions relating to laser opto-electronic devices, semiconductor manufacturing technologies, and circuit design.
  • Represented large computer seminconductor companies in actions to protect against loss of trade secrets.
  • Represented larger computer company in copyright infringement litigation involving operating system software and graphical user interfaces.
  • Represented clients subjected to audit by Business Software Alliance and Software Publishers’ Association, and sued for infringement by large computer software company.
  • Represented both plaintiffs and defendants in architectural copyright infringement cases involving apartment designs and single family home designs.
  • Represented golf course owner in state antitrust litigation alleging boycott and price fixing.
  • Represented medical device/biotechnology companies in respect to domestic and international patent matters, due diligence and other intellectual property issues.
  • Represented a variety of clients in patenting, electrical, optical and mechanical inventions.
  • Represented a variety of clients in providing infringement and validity opinions, due diligence, non disclosure agreements, business entity formation, and licensing strategies.


  • “Antitrust and Trade Associations: Why Compliance Matters,” in District Energy, the official publication of International District Energy Association, (Third Quarter 2009)


  • “Key Legal Issues to Consider When Licensing Technology,” (with Frank Curci and Christine McAuliffe), Northern Arizona University (February 2006)
  • “Importing Your Intellectual Property into the United States,” presentation to Kreston International Accounting Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona (October 2002)
  • “Patenting Your Invention,” presentation to Bridging Disciplines Symposium sponsored by the Flinn Foundation, Arizona Disease Research Control Commission and University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona (October 2001)
  • “Technology Law Trends”, Surviving in 2001 seminar, sponsored by Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, Deloitte & Touche, and the Arizona Software & Internet Association (June 2001)
  • “Intellectual Property: Developing a Strategy”, From Idea to IPO and Beyond seminar, sponsored by Jennings, Strouss & Salmon and the Arizona Software & Internet Association (June 2000)
  • Presentation on Utility Competitive Activities, Antitrust Guidelines for Utility Operations and Planning seminar, co-presented by Jennings, Strouss & Salmon and Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand (September 1999)
  • Lecturer on U.S. and Mexican Patent Law and chair of seminar on “Intellectual Property: How to Protect Your Client’s Ideas and Business Across Borders,” Hispanic National Bar Association Convention, Phoenix, Arizona (1994)
  • Lecturer on protection of computer programs in Mexico, Arizona Software Association (February 1993)
  • Lecturer on Copyright Law, State Bar of Arizona Convention, Tucson, Arizona (1992)
  • “Copyrighted Real Estate: A New Trap for Building Owners and their Lenders,” State Bar of Arizona’s Business Section newsletter (February 1991)


  • Phoenix 1988 Citizens Bond Committee (major streets, local streets, freeway mitigation)