Joseph P. Anderson III

Tel 678.420.9448
Fax 678.420.9301

Joseph P. Anderson III is a member of the Mechanical Technologies (including Medical Device and Ornamental Design) Team in the firm's Patents Group. He has particular experience in advising clients on infringement risks, and design changes in advance of large-scale product launches, in the industrial, consumer product, and medical device technology sectors. Joe also has extensive experience in opinion preparation, client counseling, and patent portfolio analysis. Joe is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Joe has widespread experience in preparing, filing, and prosecuting utility and design patent applications, both domestically and internationally. His representative technologies include catheters, surgical systems and tools, prosthetics, tissue products, heart valves, medical imaging, drilling systems and methods, packaging materials and systems, agricultural equipment, flooring products, control panel assemblies, pipe couplings, delivery vehicles, conveyor systems, and orthopedics.

Professional Activities

Atlanta Bar Association

Atlanta IP Inn of Court, Barrister

IPO Committee, Industrial Designs

Emory University School of Law, Guest Lecturer

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Guest Lecturer

Georgia State University, College of Law, Guest Lecturer

Georgia Institute of Technology/Emory University School of Law TI:GER Program, Mentor

Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA)

State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property Section, Patent Committee

Recognition & Accomplishments

Recognized as an "IP Stars" Notable Practitioner by Managing Intellectual Property magazine, 2020

Named to Georgia Trend's 2018 "Legal Elite" list


Co-author, "The Sum of the Parts ≠ the Whole? SCOTUS on Samsung v Apple," Ballard Spahr Alert, December 6, 2016 

Co-author, "Amended PTAB Rules Give Patent Owners a Boost," Ballard Spahr Alert, April 1, 2016

Co-author, "Hague Agreement Streamlines Registration of Industrial Designs," Ballard Spahr Alert, April 8, 2015

Co-author, "Impact of USPTO Interim Guidance on Chemical, Pharmaceutical, and Biotech Inventions," Ballard Spahr Alert, December 19, 2014

Co-author, "New Patent Examination Guidelines Give Applicants Some Reason for Optimism," Ballard Spahr Alert, December 17, 2014

"The America Invents Act (AIA) Affects Design Patents, Too,” Ballard Spahr Alert, July 23, 2013

"Distinguishing Patentable Process Claims from Unpatentable Laws of Nature in the Medical Technology Field," Alabama Law Review, Volume 59, Issue 5

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Strategies for Approaching New Restrictions on Patentable Subject Matter in the U.S.," USPTO Design Day 2017, Alexandria, VA, April 25, 2017

University of Alabama School of Law (J.D. 2008)
Editor, Alabama Law Review; Member, John A. Campbell Moot Court Board; Member, Intellectual Property Moot Court Team; Member, Intellectual Property Society

Vanderbilt University (B.E., biomedical engineering, 2004, cum laude)


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office