Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law
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Joseph Reisman, Ph.D.

Partner

12790 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
858-707-4000

At a Glance

  • J.D. University of California - Berkeley School of Law
  • Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California - San Diego
  • M.S. Chemistry, University of California - San Diego
  • B.S. Chemistry, Yale University

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Profile 

Joseph M. Reisman is a partner in our San Diego office.

Dr. Reisman's practice involves patent prosecution and strategic counseling, chiefly for clients in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as patent litigation and appellate work involving various technologies.  His practice allows him to utilize the technical training he received while earning a Ph.D. in Chemistry, as it focuses on the Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Biotechnology industries. His litigation experience is varied, and includes numerous large-scale patent infringement actions brought under the Hatch-Waxman Act, in which he has many years of trial experience. He has also served as a trial attorney, and has authored numerous appeal briefs, and conducted oral argument on appeal at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Dr. Reisman often represents manufacturers of generic and follow-on products, and has been a team leader in successfully earning early market entry of generic equivalents of many well-known products, including Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Valcyte (valganciclovir). Dr. Reisman regularly counsels his clients as they prepare their Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) and provides strategic advice with an eye toward successful patent litigation strategies, including settlement, always keyed to successful business outcomes.

Dr. Reisman also has extensive experience obtaining and enforcing complex patent portfolios, trade secret rights and other forms of intellectual property for his clients. He has extensive experience developing patent portfolios relating to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, specialty chemical, and water treatment technologies.

During the course of his graduate studies in biochemistry, Dr. Reisman was awarded "La Bourse Chateaubriand" by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the French Embassy to the United States.  Under that six-month grant, he continued his doctoral research (at the University of California, San Diego) on the structure and function of certain DNA-binding proteins, while working at the Université de Montpellier in Montpellier, France.  After graduating from law school at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall, Dr. Reisman served for two years as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Alan D. Lourie, Circuit Judge, at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Every year since 2010, Dr. Reisman has been named a San Diego SuperLawyer, and included on the list of “Best Lawyers in America.”  Every year since 2012, Dr. Reisman has been selected as a “Life Science Star” by LMG Life Sciences in areas ranging from Patent Prosecution, and Patent Advisory, Strategy and Management, to Hatch-Waxman Litigation.   Since 2000, he has served continually as an Adjunct Professor of Patent Law at the University of San Diego, School of Law.  He is also an active member of the Federal Circuit Bar Association, having recently served as a Chair of the Association’s Amicus Committee and its Scholarships Committee.

Dr. Reisman joined the firm in 1998, and became a partner in 2002.

Clerk Experience

Law Clerk to the Honorable Alan D. Lourie, Circuit Judge

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1996-1998

Education

  • University of California - Berkeley School of Law (J.D. 1996), Executive Editor - The Berkeley Technology Law Journal
  • University of California - San Diego (Ph.D. Chemistry 1993), Dissertation Title: “Analyses of Two Bacteriophage-encoded DNA-binding Proteins in Solution”
  • University of California - San Diego (M.S. Chemistry 1989)
  • Yale University (B.S. Chemistry 1987)
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