Joseph Arand is an associate in the firm’s Chicago office. His practice focuses on patent-related matters, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the United States and abroad, evaluating products for patentable subject matter and developing strategies to maximize worldwide patent protection, and providing clearance opinions to avoid infringing the intellectual property of others. He also assists clients in the negotiation and preparation of patent licensing agreements and other contracts. He has experience with a wide range of devices in the mechanical, electro-mechanical and chemical arts, such as medical therapy devices, medical implants, blood testing devices, bioreactors, pharmaceutical manufacturing, homogenizers, optics, image processing electronics, television and audio electronics, building materials, batteries, fuel cells, food processing devices, and mathematical models.
Mr. Arand’s intellectual property litigation experience includes patent infringement and unfair competition litigation, including researching and drafting motions, taking depositions, and participating in oral hearings and jury trials.
Prior to his career as a lawyer, Mr. Arand was a law clerk at the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences at the U.S. Patent Office, where he worked under the guidance of an administrative patent judge evaluating and drafting patent appeal opinions.
Prior to law school, Mr. Arand worked at General Electric, where his technical experience included working with methods of manufacturing automatic transfer switches and analyzing and designing equipment to improve assembly line flow. During college, he was a research assistant in Notre Dame's Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department, designing and assembling equipment to test cutting tools in a vacuum chamber.