June 4, 2020

Joseph Grasser

Joseph Grasser’s practice focuses on federal and state court litigation with emphasis on intellectual property matters and unfair competition claims.

Joseph also advises domestic and international clients on matters relating to trademarks, copyrights and trade secret matters. His experience includes all phases of litigation from initial motion practice through jury trial and appeal.

Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Joseph served as a judicial extern for The Honorable Robert Dondero formerly of the Superior Court for the City and County of San Francisco, now with the California Court of Appeal, District 1. Before attending law school, Joseph was a paralegal with Squire Patton Boggs. As a paralegal he assisted in discovery, dispositive motion practice and trial preparation in patent infringement suits in US district courts on behalf of Japan-based and Taiwan-based manufacturers.

Joseph is listed in Northern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, which recognizes attorneys who are age 40 or younger, or in the practice of law 10 years or less.


  • Representing the famous Muirfield Village Golf Club, securing a TRO, preliminary injunction and, ultimately, a permanent injunction in S.D. Ohio, preventing a Texas LLC from claiming exclusive rights to Muirfield’s 40+ year old trademark for its annual PGA Tour tournament.

  • Representing Venture Corporation Ltd and Venture Design Services, Inc. Following a two-week jury trial in N.D. Cal., the jury (i) confirmed our clients’ ownership of patents that a former employee claimed to have invented before his employment commenced, and (ii) rejected the former employee’s counterclaims seeking US$52-103 million in damages. Venture Corp. Ltd v. Barrett, No. 5:13-CV-03384-PSG, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165809, 2015 WL 8479475 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 9, 2015). After the Court of Appeals affirmed, Venture Corp. Ltd v. Barrett, Case No. 15-17439, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 14174 (9th Cir. Aug. 2, 2017), the district court awarded our clients more than US$1.4 million in attorneys’ fees and related expenses.

  • Representing a Korea-based maker of ramen noodle products and its US subsidiary in a class action dispute alleging violation of US antitrust laws.

  • Representing Zippo Manufacturing Co. in enforcing one of Zippo’s trademark families in an infringement action in C.D. Cal. and assisting with parallel litigation in the German Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main and in the High Court of Justice in London. All three actions resolved by settlement on the eve of trial in C.D. Cal.

  • Representing Zippo Manufacturing Co. in infringement actions in California, Colorado and Pennsylvania, enforcing Zippo’s registered trade dress that protects the shape of its famous flip-top lighter. All cases resulted in a stipulated permanent injunction or otherwise settled on Zippo’s terms.

Articles in the National Law Review database by Joseph Grasser