Joseph N. Hosteny is an intellectual property attorney. Before entering law school, Joe spent eight years in positions as diverse as a patent agent for the Chicago Patent Group of the U.S. Energy Research & Development Administration (now the Department of Energy), a consulting engineer for Sargent and Lundy, and a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, where he trained on the S5G prototype submarine nuclear reactor, and served on a submarine, the USS Sturgeon, SSN 637. He is a pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings, and is type-rated on the Beech King Air 350 turboprop aircraft.
Joe was admitted to the bar in 1976, after receiving his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University, as well as graduating Summa Cum Laude from DePaul University Law School in Chicago. He is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and is licensed to practice law in numerous states and courts, including the State of Illinois, the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, the Northern District of California, Eastern District of Virginia, Southern District of Texas, Southern District of Florida, Eastern District of New York, District of Minnesota, Central District of California, Eastern District of New York, Eastern District of Michigan, the Northern District of New York, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh and Federal Circuits.
Joe is a member of several professional legal and engineering organizations, including the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, the Federalist Society, Tau Beta Pi (the national engineering honor society), and Pi Tau Sigma (the national mechanical engineering honor society).
Joe tried over fifty criminal cases as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. His cases included tax evasion, bank fraud, and mail and wire fraud. His matters included all of the specialized criminal statutes, including RICO, Continuing Criminal Enterprises, and Dangerous Special Offenders.
Joe wrote a monthly column for Intellectual Property Today until the magazine ceased publication. He has also written articles for publications as diverse as Corporate Counsel Magazine, Litigation Magazine, Assembly Engineering Magazine, American Medical News and Inventors’ Digest. In addition, he has been quoted in numerous other publications, including Entrepreneur Magazine, and has spoken before many groups, including the Chicago Bar Association, several annual meetings of Packaging Strategies, and in classes at Northwestern University and John Marshall Law School.