Joel B. Ard

Joel B. Ard

Joel focuses his litigation practice on the defense of patent infringement claims and challenges to patent validity as well as disputes over trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property. A registered patent attorney, he has deep experience in post-grant practice before the Patent Office, particularly contested review conducted in parallel with patent infringement litigation. Joel works closely with trial teams preparing patent portfolios for assertive litigation through rigorous “pre-examination” claim validity review and owner-directed re-examination and correction. He has also represented clients in copyright matters and related questions involving the rights surrounding various methods of copying, storing, reproducing and streaming digital media.

Joel litigates and advises candidates, election officials and members of the public on election law, including ballot access and integrity provisions of federal law. He has extensive experience in voter roll integrity and language minority ballot access provisions of federal election statutes. Joel has investigated and enforced statewide violations of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act and implemented election day polling place observers in primary and general elections in numerous jurisdictions.

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United States Commission on Civil Rights, Washington State Advisory Board Member, 2013 - Present

Puget Sound Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society, President, 2010 - Present



Courts To Police Direct Infringement Pleadings More Strictly

Co-Author, Law360, November 2015

Best Practices for Protecting Your Start-Up with Patents and Trademarks

Author, Foster Pepper News, October 2013

Liquor Control Board Enacts Emergency Rules for Craft Distillers; Begins Formal Rulemaking to Implement I-1183

Co-Author, Foster Pepper News, December 2011

Washington State Liquor Control Board Issues Emergency Rules For Distillery and Craft Distillery Sales

Co-Author, Foster Pepper News, December 2011


Securing Ownership Rights to Employee-Created IP

Speaker, Clear Law Institute, June 2016

Insights from the FTC Big Data Report 2016

Co-Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel, February 2016

"My Ex-Employee Did WHAT?" - Preventing and Addressing Post-Employment Misconduct

Speaker, Foster Pepper Client Briefing, October 2015

How Has the America Invents Act Affected Patents and Innovation?

Panelist, The Federalist Society Annual Western Chapters Conference, January 2015

Creating and Protecting Intellectual Property

Speaker, Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries: Practical Issues in the Alcohol Industry, August 2014

Operational Updates: Trademarks and the Art of Labeling

Speaker, The Sixth Annual Seminar on New Developments in Wine Law in Washington, August 2012

High-Stakes IP Protections: Protect Your Company from Increasing Risks and Shield Your Valuable Intellectual Property

Panelist, Foster Pepper and Washington State Chapter of ACC America, March 2012

Litigation & Dispute ResolutionConstitutional Law & Statutory RightsIntellectual PropertyIntellectual Property LitigationPatent Office Litigation


Tel: 206.447.6252Fax: 206.749.2063


Washington Super Lawyers list, 2015-2017


J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 2000

B.A., St. John’s College, 1995

Bar Admissions

Washington, 2008

California, 2014

Washington, D.C., 2001

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Washington, 2011
  • Western District of Washington, 2008
  • Central District of California, 2014
  • District of Columbia District Court, 2002
  • Northern District of Illinois, 2001

U.S. Patent Office, 2010

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2011

U.S. Supreme Court, 2004



Foster Pepper PLLC, Member, 2011-Present

Black Lowe & Graham PLLC, Member, 2008-2011

U.S. Department of Justice, Trial Attorney, 2005-2007

Latham & Watkins (Washington, D.C.), Associate, 2000-2004

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Law Clerk intern to the Hon. David R. Hansen, 1998


Patently Obvious

Seattle Business Magazine, April 2012

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