Joseph J. Zito



North Carolina State University, BS.Econ

North Carolina State University, BS.Phys

Tulane Law School, J.D.

Practice Areas


IP Litigation


Technology Transfers

Patent Prosecution

Bar Memberships  

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office




Joseph J. Zito, Of Counsel, has a BS in Economics/Physics from North Carolina State University and a JD from Tulane. Mr. Zito is a registered patent attorney and Intellectual Property litigator with over 27 years of experience. He is a member of twelve Federal District Courts, three Federal Appellate Courts and the United States Supreme Court and has litigated throughout the entire Federal Court System, including twenty three states, Federal Appellate Courts, the Court of Federal Claims, and the International Trade Commission.

Mr. Zito is admitted to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Zito represents Fortune 500 corporations, mid size businesses, start ups and individual inventors in patent, copyright, trademark, trade dress, design patent, software, trade secret, unfair competition and intellectual property litigation, mediation and arbitration, actively defending accused infringers and enforcing the rights of intellectual property owners. Mr. Zito has forty published decisions including several precedential appellate decisions from the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and a decision from the United States Supreme Court. Experienced in numerous bench trials, jury trials and appeals, he has obtained many multi-million dollar verdicts and preserved markets for numerous corporations.

Mr. Zito has successfully litigated patent matters in a broad range of technology, including: pharmaceuticals, computers, software, semiconductors, parallel processors, telecommunications, VOIP, internet packet transport, distributed computing, electronic circuit design, electro-mechanical, mechanical, chemical, business method, internet data and media systems, automotive, medical, music, movies, agriculture and optical devices.

Mr. Zito also engages in corporate counseling, due diligence studies; licensing and representation in inter-parties matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and other governmental agencies.

Mr. Zito is rated in the top five percent of Intellectual Property Litigation attorneys in Washington D.C. and top five percent in Maryland for 2007, based on the survey of more than 35,000 lawyers in the District of Columbia and 21,000 in Maryland and based upon a review of performance and experience by an independent panel.