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About Joel

Supportive, responsive trademark management and dispute counsel

Joel Tragesser counsels clients on brand and trademark management. Recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in his field, Joel is a trusted legal adviser to companies on:

  • Trademark law
  • Licensing
  • Intellectual property (IP) litigation

Whether serving as an effective outside counsel on diverse matters before small in-house legal departments or guiding clients through complex IP issues and disputes, Joel excels in understanding a company's business goals and assessing, strategizing and managing the legal impacts to the company. Joel is invested in his clients’ success, working hard so every client thinks they are his only client.

Joel regularly hosts corporate counsel roundtables on timely topics for in-house counsel and is a frequent speaker on the interrelation of technology and IP.

He is managing partner of the Indianapolis office.

Experience in Action

  • Managing trademark portfolios, including prosecution of trademark applications in the U.S. and foreign countries.
  • Drafting software licenses and other information technology agreements.
  • Representing clients in IP litigation, including copyright, trademark, trade secrets and patent infringement claims, breach of licensing agreements and other claims.
  • Advising on false advertising, Lanham Act and unfair competition litigation.

Professional Recognitions

  • World Trademark Review 1000 (2020-2024)
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Distinguished Fellow (2021)
  • Chambers USA® (2019-present: Intellectual Property)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Professionalism Award (2018)
  • Quarles "Star Mentor Award" (2018, 2022)
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation "Professionalism Award" (2018)

  • American Lung Association, Indiana chapter, Team Spirit Award (2016)

  • Lexology Client Choice Award, Indiana, Intellectual Property (2015)
  • Indiana Super Lawyers® (2014-present: Intellectual Property)
  • Indiana Super Lawyers® "Rising Stars" (2009, 2011-2013: Intellectual Property)

Professional & Civic Activities

  • World Trademark Review 1000 (2020, 2022, 2023)

  • S. Jay Plager Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, bencher
  • International Trademark Association, member; North America Roundtable project team, member
  • Sports Lawyers Association, member
  • American Bar Association, Entertainment and Sports Industries Forum and Intellectual Property Law Section, member
  • Indiana State Bar Association, member
    • Intellectual Property Section, chair (2011-2012)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, member
    • Intellectual Property Section, chair (2017)
    • Sports & Entertainment Section, co-chair (2014)
  • Indianapolis Law Club, member
  • Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association, member
  • Center for Intellectual Property Research at IU Maurer School of Law, IP Clinic, advisory board member
  • Hamilton County Bar Association, member
  • Columbia Club, Platinum Society, member
  • Indiana Chamber, member
  • Indy Chamber, member
  • OneZone Commerce, member
  • Venture Club of Indiana, member
  • Westfield Chamber of Commerce, member
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Association of Indiana, treasurer
  • American Lung Association in Indiana, local leadership board member (2017-2019); Evening of Promise Gala executive leadership team, member; Fight For Air Stair Climb captain, Chicago, Indiana and Milwaukee
  • Little Red Door Cancer Agency, Face of Hope Breakfast, table captain
  • Indianapolis Alumni Chapter of Sigma Chi, member
  • Sports Circle Indy, past board member
  • 7th Circuit Bar Association, Intellectual Property Committee, former Indiana co-chair
  • Colby and Cate’s Charities, past advisory committee member and former board member
  • Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County, Dancing With Our Stars, celebrity dancer (2017)

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