Joseph J. Zito


Direct: 202.466.3500

Email: [email protected]

Meet Joseph

Joseph Zito is a litigator and registered patent attorney with over 30 years of Intellectual Property experience in a wide scope of industries, including agriculture, apparel, automotive, food, fashion, consumer products, electronics, entertainment, manufacturing, media, music, retail, pharmaceutical, and software. 

He has litigated utility patents, method patents, design patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, software, trade secret, unfair competition, and e-commerce matters, related to technological applications, such as semiconductor structure, telecommunications, VOIP, electronic circuit design, electro-mechanical, mechanical, chemical, and optical devices.   

Joe has served as lead counsel in numerous bench trials and hearings, over a dozen jury trials, and seven International Trade Commission Investigations. He has represented clients before the United States Supreme Court and Federal District and Appellate Courts in nineteen U.S. states, and the District of Columbia. He has over 40 reported decisions, several of which are precedential, from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.   

Joe’s practice also includes corporate counseling, contract negotiation, opinions in cooperative technical ventures, due diligence studies, licensing, trademark and patent prosecution, and representation of clients in matters before the USPTO, PTAB, ITC, and other governmental agencies.

Select Experience

  • Represented a patent holder in infringement litigation over groundbreaking parallel microprocessor computer architecture. Obtained a multi-million-dollar reasonable royalty settlement. 
  • Obtained a $14M verdict for retired veteran/inventor of Night Vision Fusion technology in a suit against Army and Department of Defense for infringement of night vision fusion patent. 
  • Represented a pharmaceutical manufacturer in the enforcement of multiple formulation patents. Obtained multi-million-dollar royalties. 
  • Successfully enforced a pharmaceutical patent on behalf of the manufacturer and obtained a $21M verdict. 
  • Represented UK owner of a patent on capacitive sense technology used in iPod, iBook, and Apple Mouse. Case settled with over $170M payment to the client. 
  • Represented a plaintiff corporation with a 150+ patent portfolio in multiple litigations over a decade, in Federal District Courts and in the Court of Federal Claims. Obtained trial judgments totaling over $35M. 
  • Represented a plaintiff in asserting a telecommunications patent against multiple infringers in a dozen separate litigations.   Obtained jury/bench verdicts and settlements totaling over $17M in royalties. 
  • Represented a prolific inventor in an epic battle with the automotive industry over his intermittent windshield wiper technology, including the preparation of experts for deposition & trial testimony. Recovery following jury trials was over $50M.

Tulane University School of Law, J.D., 1985 

North Carolina State University, B.S., 1982



The District of Columbia

United States Supreme Court

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The International Trade Commission

United States District Court, Maryland

United States District Court, District of Columbia

United States District Court, ED, ND and SD Florida

United States District Court, ED, ND, SD and WD Texas

United States District Court, Alabama,

United States District Court, SD Indiana

United States District Court, Nebraska

United States District Court, WD New York

United States District Court, WD Wisconsin

Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Court of Federal Claims