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Joseph (Joe) J. Raffetto

Washington, D.C.

Joseph (Joe) J. Raffetto

Joe Raffetto handles intellectual property (IP) matters, including IP litigation, commercialization, counseling, and prosecution. Because the IP landscape is ever-changing, Joe embraces a multifaceted approach to assist his clients with their evolving needs.

Joe brings knowledge, experience, and vision to his practice of patent law. He was the first Hogan Lovells lawyer to prepare and file an inter partes review petition challenging the validity of a patent at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the lead associate on the first post-grant reviews ever instituted at the USPTO. He has represented clients in other patent matters before district courts, the International Trade Commission, and the USPTO, and has been patent counsel on multibillion dollar acquisitions.

Prior to law school, Joe double-majored in computer engineering and mathematics at Vanderbilt University. He also did software research and development at the Institute for Software Integrated Systems. He adapts his technical background to his everyday patent practice. Super Lawyers named Joe a Rising Star in Washington, D.C. for Intellectual Property Litigation.

Representative experience

Defends one of the world's leading multinational automotive manufacturers in district courts and before the U.S. Patent Office.

Defended the world's leading high technology company in a multinational patent litigation against a competing high technology company.

Defended a pioneer in the software space at the USPTO in the first-ever instituted post-grant review challenge proceedings.

Represented a consortium of the world's leading multinational automotive companies in their multi-billion dollar acquisition of a mapping company.

Advises a genetics pioneer in connection with all of its IP-related commercial contracts.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Washington and Lee University School of Law, 2007
  • B.E., Computer Engineering, magna cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 2004
  • B.S., Mathematics, Vanderbilt University, 2004


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Texas
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Virginia


Rising Star, Intellectual Property Litigation, Washington, D.C.

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