Gray, Joseph D.

Joseph D.


Joseph (Joey) Gray is a trial lawyer and registered patent attorney with 20 years of experience helping clients to procure, enforce, license, and litigate intellectual property rights.  Joey serves as lead counsel in federal district court litigation across the United States, in proceedings before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB), and in appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Joey enjoys representing clients of all shapes and sizes in matters involving patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark, and trade dress rights. Joey’s clients range from individual inventors and emerging companies to Fortune 500 corporations. They hail from across the globe and are innovators in the telecommunications, e-commerce, payment processing, semiconductor, medical device,  physical fitness, and retail spaces, among others. Joey collaborates closely with his clients to develop IP solutions and strategies tailored and accretive to each client’s business objectives.

As a registered patent attorney, Joey serves as lead counsel in inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) and manages patent and trademark prosecution (procurement) before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.  He helps clients build and manage IP portfolios, conduct IP diligence and pre-suit investigations, and negotiate inbound and outbound license agreements, among other things. He enjoys getting to know his clients and their businesses — and combining that knowledge with his experience to build long-term partnerships.

While at The University of Texas, Joey was a mechanical engineering student in the Engineering Honors Program before graduating with highest honors from the McCombs School of Business. He also attended The University of Hawaii (Manoa) and The University of Edinburgh (Scotland) during his undergraduate studies. He later attended Stanford Law School, where he graduated with distinction and served as managing editor of the Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance. Before entering private practice, Joey was honored to serve as a judicial clerk to the late Honorable William Wayne Justice of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward White, Inc.), 2013-2024
  • Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer-Rising Star (Thomson Reuters), 2011-2019
  • Terry Foundation leadership scholarship
  • Ernest J. Cockrell engineering scholarship


  • J.D. with distinction, Stanford Law School 2004
  • Managing Editor, Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance
  • B.B.A. with highest honors, mechanical engineering/business management, The University of Texas at Austin


  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • Austin Intellectual Property Law Association

Representative Matters

Electronic payment processing providers (New York, Texas): secured judgment of invalidity on behalf of group of defendants after bench trial in patent infringement case brought by a large competitor relating to credit card factoring; also secured a summary affirmance on appeal to the Federal Circuit; Mr. Gray led the team from case inception through appeal, examined fact and expert technical witnesses at deposition and trial, and delivered the closing argument for all defendants at trial.

Computer software developer (California, New York): negotiated settlement on behalf of patent owner after securing favorable claim construction and summary judgment rulings in a patent infringement case relating to software programming; Mr. Gray handled all depositions and led Markman and summary judgment proceedings on behalf of the plaintiff.

Commercial crane manufacturer (Wisconsin): secured limited exclusion order on behalf of patent owner-complainant in an ITC investigation involving claims of trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement; after trial, the ALJ found (and the Commission affirmed) that the respondents violated Section 337; Mr. Gray examined key fact and expert technical witnesses at trial, led pre-hearing and post-hearing briefing and managed day-to-day activities of the team throughout the fast-paced ITC investigation.

E-commerce company (Delaware): secured favorable settlement shortly before expert discovery in five-patent lawsuit involving internet and website functionality. Gray led the team’s litigation strategy and first chaired the team’s courtroom presentations.

Telecommunications provider (Utah): secured judgment of invalidity or dismissal of all claims of twelve patents asserted by a competitor; the dispute spanned three district court lawsuits in Wisconsin and numerous IPR proceedings at the PTAB. Mr. Gray examined and cross-examined expert witnesses at trial, presented oral argument at PTAB proceedings, and led a team of approximately fifteen attorneys through discovery and trial.

Medical device manufacturer (Illinois): secured dismissal on behalf of start-up client three months after a large competitor filed a complaint alleging patent infringement; the case was dismissed shortly after Mr. Gray received a favorable ruling curtailing the scope of plaintiffs’ claims.

Medical device manufacturer (Texas): conducted diligence and negotiated portfolio cross-license on behalf of emerging company in response to allegations of patent infringement from large competitor.