Joseph Samuel is an Associate in Berger Montague’s Intellectual Property department, where he represents clients in a diverse range of industries with a practice focused on patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation. Joe has experience at all stages of litigation in state and federal court, from initial case strategy and filing, to complicated discovery issues, and through resolution and appeal.

Joe was recognized as a Rising Star for Intellectual Property Litigation in Pennsylvania by SuperLawyers in 2023 and 2024.

Previously, Joe worked at a large mid-Atlantic law firm where he focused on intellectual property, complex commercial litigation, and appellate matters, before moving to Berger Montague with seven other attorneys to form its new Intellectual Property department.  

Joe is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and California.  

Joe earned his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. Joe served as an editor and staff writer of the Villanova Law Review and as a judicial extern to the Honorable Elizabeth T. Hey in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He also worked in Villanova’s Federal Tax Clinic, where he represented low-income taxpayers in IRS assessment and collections matters before the United States Tax Court.

Before becoming a lawyer, Joe worked as a political consultant for campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels. He has experience advising clients on Pennsylvania election law issues.

Business and Community Leadership

  • Junior Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association

Prominent Judgements and Settlements

  • Junker v. Medical Components, Inc., 25 F. 4th 1027 (Fed. Cir. 2022): overturned $1.5 million judgment in design patent case
  • Log Cabin Property, LP v. Pa. Liquor Control Bd., 276 A.3d 862 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2022): successfully represented class of Pennsylvania restaurants seeking return of unlawful wine and liquor handling fees by convincing Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania that sovereign immunity does not apply to mandamus damages
  • MFW Wine Co., LLC v. Pa. Liquor Control Bd., 231 A.3d 50 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2020):  aff’d, 247 A.3d 1008 (Pa. 2021): successfully represented wine dealers seeking mandamus judgment compelling state liquor agency to implement statutory regime for direct shipment of wine and liquor
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Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S.D.C., Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S.D.C., Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S.D.C., Western District of Pennsylvania

Honors & Awards

  • SuperLawyers Rising Star: 2023-2024