Resume // Joseph Hostney

(312) 278-3778 //


Trade secret, patent, copyright, and trademark litigation and appellate practice.

Numerous ex parte and inter partes reexaminations.

Formerly Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Illinois:

Investigations, jury trials and appeals regarding criminal prosecutions of tax, banking, mail and wire fraud, specialized federal criminal statutes (RICO, Continuing Criminal Enterprise, Dangerous Special Offender), currency, copyright, and commodities frauds. Awarded Special Commendation by Department of Justice.

Formerly United States Navy:

USS Sturgeon, SSN 637. Qualified in submarines, and as Officer of the Deck, as Engineering Officer of the Watch, and as Diving Officer. Personal decoration: Navy Achievement Medal. Unit decorations: Navy Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation.


Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Courts I Have Practiced in Include:

Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (successor).

United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Seventh, District of Columbia and Federal Circuits.

United States District Courts in: Alabama (Southern), Arizona, California (Northern, Central
and Eastern), Delaware, Florida (Northern, Central and Southern), Georgia (Northern), Illinois (Northern), Indiana (Southern), Kentucky (Western), Minnesota, Michigan (Eastern), Missouri (Eastern), New York (Eastern and Northern), Ohio (Northern and Southern), Pennsylvania (Eastern), Texas (Southern), Virginia (Eastern), and Wisconsin (Eastern and Western).

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, United States Claims Court and the United States Tax Court.

Professional Licenses:

Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Registration   Number 28,020.

Single-engine, multi-engine, and instrument-rated pilot. Type-rated in the Beech King Air 350 turboprop aircraft.

Publications Include:

Intellectual Property Today, columnist, “Litigator’s Corner,” 1998 to present. Columns include: “The Economic Espionage Act: A Very Mixed Blessing”; “The Collective Memory of Juries: One Reason Why Juries Are Better Than Judges”; “Damages Law is More Obscure Than Ever”; “Inequitable Conduct: My Prediction Comes True”; “Uniloc: A Continuation of Cornell”; “Reexamination Tactics”; “The Still-Starved Patent Office”; “Mega-Firms: The Mega-Headache”; and “Some Deposition Dos and Don’ts.”

Litigation, Bank Crime: “The 100 Yard Rule in the Boardroom” (concerning directors’ liability for misapplications or embezzlements under Title 18, U.S. Code, § 656), Fall 1984.

Corporate Counsel Magazine, “Thanks, But We’d Rather Do It Ourselves,” April, 1998.

The Journal Of The American Corporate Counsel Association, “Corporate Espionage: Protecting Trade Secrets,” January/February, 1999.

Law Journal Newsletters Patent Strategy & Management, “How In-House Counsel Can Help Their Companies Prevail in Patent Litigation,” Vol. 3, No. 12, April, 2003.

Speaking Engagements Include:

Packaging Strategies Stand-Up Pouches Conference, Philadelphia, June 8, 1998, “Who Owns What? Traversing the Legal Minefield in Stand-Up Pouches.”

Packaging Strategies PET Strategies Conference, Atlanta, September 17, 1998, “Traversing the Legal Minefield of PET Packaging Technology.”

Midwestern I.P. Symposium, Indianapolis, Indiana, September 19-20, 2001, “The Truth About The Business Method Patent Improvement Act of 2000.”

American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, 2006 Summer IPL Conference, “When the Moon Isn’t in the Seventh House: The Age of Uncertainty in Patent Litigation.”

Other Events Include:

Chicago Marathon, 2009.