Joseph E. Root

US Patent Attorney
Consultant and Trainer, Adastra IP


Joseph E. Root is the author of the book “Rules of Patent Drafting: Guidelines from Federal Circuit Case Law,” 2016 edition published by the LexisNexis Law & Strategy Series. He was also named to the “IAM Strategy 250 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists” by Intellectual Property Management magazine, London. He founded QualiPat, LLC, to develop an innovative program for teaching patent drafting, and he implemented that program as Chief Patent Counsel at UnitedLex, a legal outsourcing firm, where he trained and managed a team of Indian engineers in filing over 300 US patent applications. Previously, he served as both patent and general counsel, in-house and out, with corporations and law firms, in a career spanning almost three decades. His primary focus has been the design and execution of IP strategies for high-tech industries, in Silicon Valley and internationally. Technology exposure has concentrated on mechanical and electronic systems and applications, including semiconductor and optical devices, and internet-based business methods. He has extensive experience performing both portfolio management and hands-on patent prosecution, from invention planning to appeals. In addition, he has managed litigation in IP and commercial disputes, as well as participating as a litigator in a number of matters. He has been a frequent speaker and has published a number of articles on patent drafting and IP strategy. Joe received his JD (magna cum laude) at Wake Forest University School of Law, and a BS in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Prior to law school, he worked as an engineer, production supervisor, and soldier, including a tour commanding an infantry company in Vietnam. He is now a country patent lawyer in the hills of North Carolina, with his wife Natalie and bearded collie Claymore.

  • Consultant and Trainer, Adastra IP