Joseph M. Drayton

Private Practitioner of the Year
Partner, Cooley LLP

Joseph Drayton's practice background includes a broad range of intellectual property and complex commercial matters. He is experienced in patent litigation, trademark and copyright usage, trade dress, design patents and false advertising.

Joe also counsels clients in all aspects of intellectual property acquisition, transfer, protection and enforcement. He has represented leading companies in the media, telecommunications, banking, private equity, pharmaceutical, electronics and retail industries. He practices before both state and federal courts, as well as the International Trade Commission. He has been a lead member of numerous patent trial teams, including four over the past few years. He has handled temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, all facets of motion practice and complex discovery.

Joe has been recognized as one of the top patent attorneys in the US. Recently, he was named to the IAM Patent1000 list, a recognition that honors the top patent practitioners in the world. In 2015, he was named one of the "most influential black lawyers" by Savoy Magazine. He has also been recognized by the New York City Bar Association with the 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award. In 2010, he was named among the National Bar Association's "Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40."

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