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Joe Herriges


Fish & Richardson P.C.

Joe Herriges is a principal in the Twin Cities Office of Fish & Richardson P.C., where he focuses on high-stakes patent litigation in a variety of technology areas, including automotive technology, pharmaceuticals, polymers, and retroreflective optics.

Joe has extensive standup experience in U.S. district courts, including examining and cross-examining witnesses at trial, arguing for and securing preliminary injunctive relief, and successfully arguing at Markman and summary judgment hearings on behalf of numerous clients.  In addition to his U.S. district court experience, Joe leads teams in briefing before the Federal Circuit and has successfully presented arguments in that court, including in a recent competitor case involving automotive technology where he argued for and secured affirmance of a complete invalidity ruling.  Finally, Joe’s practice includes representing clients before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, where he has led efforts from the petition stage through successful argument at oral hearing.

Prior to joining the firm, Joe served as a law clerk to Judge Michael J. Melloy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. At the University of Minnesota, he was a sprinter on the Big Ten champion Minnesota swim team and was named Academic All-Big Ten.

Recent Articles by Joe Herriges

Complex IP Challenges in Autonomous Vehicles

On August 16, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it had opened a probe into Tesla’s driver-assistance technologies after it identified 11 crashes since 2018 in which a Tesla vehicle had struck an emergency-response vehicle. All Tesla vehicles involved had been using the automaker’s Autopilot feature at the time of the crashes, which enables the vehicles to steer, accelerate, and brake automatically. The crashes have attracted the scrutiny of lawmakers and regulators of Autopilot and similar technologies. With increased attention being paid to AV safety, AV companies are shifting their research and development and IP strategies toward technologies designed to address consumers’ real-world safety concerns.