Joseph T. Miotke

Firm: DeWitt Ross & Stevens
Location: Brookfield - WI

  • 13845 Bishop’s Drive, Suite 300
    Brookfield, WI 53005
  • Tel : 262-754-2871
  • Fax : 262-754-2845

For more than twenty years Joe has distinguished himself as a leading intellectual property (“IP”) litigator, patent attorney, and IP strategist.  Recognized by leading IP publications as among the top patent attorneys and IP attorneys in the United States, he has worked across a wide spectrum of patent, trade secret, copyright, and trademark matters involving technologies ranging from artificial intelligence and machine learning to energy production and hydraulic fracturing.  Joe speaks across North America and publishes frequently on IP-related matters.

Intellectual Property Litigation

Serving as Co-Chair of DeWitt’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group, Joe has represented clients from Boston to Los Angeles in intellectual property litigation matters.  He has successfully represented clients in patent, trade secret and copyright litigation matters involving technologies such as financial software, medical imaging and diagnostics, combustion engine technology, turbomachinery, and advanced manufacturing.  He has likewise counseled and represented clients in post-grant proceedings before the United States Patent And Trademark Office in matters such as inter-partes patent review, trademark cancellations, and trademark oppositions.

Intellectual Property Transactions & Strategy

Joe has counseled clients through a wide array of IP transactions.  He has negotiated joint development agreements, patent license agreements, software license agreements, website terms and conditions, online privacy policies, and trademark license agreements across many technology spaces.  He has likewise developed IP monetization strategies for clients and negotiated IP monetization transactions with some the world’s most sophisticated IP investors and aggregators.  Joe has guided clients in new product development and provided counseling to avoid infringement of competitor and third party technology.

Intellectual Property Leadership

In addition to serving as Co-Chair of DeWitt’s IP Litigation Group, Joe has provided leadership in the Wisconsin and United States IP community.  He served as President of the Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association, which is among the oldest IP professional groups in the Untied States.  He held a variety of leadership roles in the Licensing Executive’s Society (“LES”), among the world’s largest group of IP professionals.  Joe is the National Chair of IP Basic Education for LES and recently overhauled the LES course on IP Licensing & Basics, which is taught throughout the world.  In addition, he developed a course related to ethics in IP transactions that has been taught throughout North America.  Joe currently serves on the LES Ethics Committee and leadership of the LES Wisconsin Chapter.

Education, Entrepreneurship, & Community Leadership

Joe is a leader in Wisconsin’s legal, education, and entrepreneurship communities.  He was appointed by Governor Scott Walker, reappointed by Governor Tony Evers, and confirmed by the Wisconsin Senate (reappointment confirmation pending), to serve on the Wisconsin State Public Defender Board, which provides oversight of the State Public Defender’s Office.

He leads Project Lead The Way (“PLTW”) – Wisconsin, one of the largest k-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (“STEM”) education programs in the United States.  Joe serves on a volunteer basis as the Statewide Leadership Chair. PLTW Wisconsin has served over 500,000 Wisconsin students through one or more of its programs. Additionally, he was appointed to Marquette University’s Research & Innovation Council, which advised University administration and leadership on research, technology, and innovation matters.

He is active in Wisconsin’s and Milwaukee’s entrepreneurship communities.  He serves on the Board of Directors for BizStarts, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit that provides education and mentorship services to entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on entrepreneurs from underserved communities.  Joe has mentored startups in the gener8tor accelerator, a Milwaukee-based nationally ranked startup accelerator.  He also served on the selection committee for Silicon Pastures, one of Wisconsin’s largest angel investor groups.

Joe likewise has volunteered in many youth organizations.  He has coached youth soccer, basketball, and Little League Baseball in the Milwaukee area and served as den leader for a Cub Scout Pack as well as a small group leader for a teen group at his church.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Marquette University Law School
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Marquette University


  • Admitted to practice in Wisconsin
  • Admitted to practice in Illinois
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office


  • Licensing Executives Society
  • Past-President – Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Rotary Club of Milwaukee

Awards & Recognitions

  • Marquette Law Review, Associate Editor, 1998-1999
  • Marquette Law Review, Member, 1997-1998
  • Dean’s List every semester
  • C.A.L.I. Academic Achievement Awards for highest grades in Intellectual Property Theory and Negotiable Instruments
  • Inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society
  • Ramon Klitzke Moot Court Competition, Quarter-finalist
  • Awarded Marquette University Law School Class of 1998 Scholarship
  • Designated a Law School Scholar and awarded scholarship
  • National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist
  • Awarded Greater Milwaukee Marquette University Scholarship
  • Awarded Marquette University Ignatius Scholarship
  • Awarded David P. Balmer athletic scholarship


  • Wisconsin IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property
  • IAM 1000 Top Patent Practitioner by Intellectual Asset Management

DeWitt Ross & Stevens

With experience in more than 30 areas of the law, our team of ​nearly 140 attorneys embodies the important qualities one should consider when hiring a law firm. DeWitt has earned national recognition by the U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®, where it was ranked as a First Tier Law Firm, the highest ranking, in nearly 20 areas of law. Our firm was also named “Best Law Firm” in Wisconsin by the readers of Corporate Report magazine. In addition, many of our lawyers in Wisconsin and Minneapolis are recipients of distinguished honors in their professions. We believe these recognition’s reflect our commitment to providing top-notch legal advice to our clients.

Recognized as leaders in the Intellectual Property (IP) field by IAM Patent 1000, IP Stars, Martindale-Hubbell, World Trademark Review and others – our attorneys work with clients around the world in all matters related to IP. Whether it is an invention or trademark, patent prosecution, or licensing a trade secret – we ensure our clients maintain a competitive edge while also protecting against intellectual property theft and misuse.