University of Detroit, J.D.
  • cum laude
  • Corporation, Finance & Business Law Journal, Articles Editor (1987)
Wayne State University, B.S.
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Joseph Coppola is a seasoned patent attorney with comprehensive knowledge of patents and copyrights.

Joseph focuses his practice on the following aspects of intellectual property law:

  • Patent
    • Advises clients in preparing and prosecuting patents in the U.S. and in foreign patent offices throughout the world
  • Copyrights
    • Manages software copyright matters, including registering and licensing and advising regarding open-source issues
  • IP Licensing, Investigations, and Opinions
    • Handles intellectual property licensing, invalidity searches, infringement analysis and opinions, design-around evaluations, due diligence studies, right-to-use investigations, and product clearance investigations
  • Corporate Transactions
    • Conducts IP due diligence investigations and manages, develops, and evaluates corporate IP portfolios
  • Possesses extensive technical knowledge in:
    • biofuel handling and dispensing systems
    • solar cell systems
    • complex electronic devices
    • vehicle stability control systems
    • modeling and simulation software
    • data compression algorithms
    • antilock brake systems
    • internet data transmission schemes
    • consumer electronics
    • electrical power generation and distribution systems
    • medical devices
    • satellite control systems
    • e-commerce/internet applications
    • thermal imaging systems
    • ore purification systems using microwaves
    • image data manipulation using parallel processing techniques
    • robotic control systems
    • body armor fabrication


Prior Experience

  • Rader, Fishman & Grauer, Founding Partner, 1996-2004
  • Dykema Gossett, Partner, 1989-1996
  • Cullen, Sloman, Cantor, Grauer, Scott and Rutherford, Associate, 1988-1989
  • Ford Motor Company, Test Engineer, 1978-1988



  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2021
    • Recognized in practice area of Patent Law
  • Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS, Recognized as Patent Star, 2013-2019
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017
    • Recognized in practice areas of Intellectual Property Law and Patent Law

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

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