Joseph P. Gushue



Clients of all sizes praise Joe’s attentiveness as he helps them monetize their patent portfolios through the strategic prosecution of US and foreign patents and participation in licensing programs. Whether the client is a publicly traded corporation or a private equity firm, Joe provides guidance and assists them with the full spectrum of their intellectual property needs.

Joe’s experience includes analyzing patent portfolios for the most valuable assets, taking part in licensing meetings, and performing strategic patent prosecution to support patent licensing efforts. He also works with technical experts and develops test plans to determine if intellectual property assets are infringed by commercial products. An example of his recent work includes counseling a client through the marketing and sale of a large patent portfolio.

Among other work, Joe has extensive experience prosecuting and licensing patents directed to standards for wireless, video, and computer architecture technology. He has prepared claim charts with mappings to standards and commercial products. He additionally prepares arguments that rebut proposed mappings in claim charts. On behalf of clients, Joe regularly performs due diligence work across a wide swath of technical areas in order to better evaluate business transactions.

He is a contributor to the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division (YLD) newsletter and also contributes to The Legal Intelligencer and presents at CLEs held in the area.

Life Beyond Law

Joe is a comic book collector, aspiring home brewer, amateur movie critic, and Philadelphia sports fan.  He will rarely be found without his cell phone and spends too much time on Twitter.  When he is not in front of his computer, he can be found playing with his daughters or out enjoying one of the many golf courses in the Philadelphia area.



  • 09.01.2021

    How do comedians protect their jokes or their delivery style? This week IP Goes Pop! goes to the comedy club to find the line between creative freedom and stolen (or borrowed) laughs. Join Volpe Koenig Shareholders and hosts Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue as they welcome Volpe Koenig alum and comedy fan Aneesh Mehta, Senior Corporate Counsel for Experiences and Devices at Microsoft.  

    Michael, Joe, and Aneesh reminisce about comedy shows they have attended, and look at the legal protections a comedian may have, or not have, in performing a joke or an entire routine. From common themes, such as food, marriage, and having kids, to unique topics and styles, IP Goes Pop! stands up for the intellectual property behind the laughs and looks at the ways audience and comedian expectations have shifted over time.   

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  • 08.11.2021

    When popular television, movie, or comic book characters are recast into three-dimensional, bendable, transformable toys, what intellectual property considerations go into their design? This week the panel on IP Goes Pop! takes apart iconic action figures, past and present, to explore the patents, design patents, licensing, and other intellectual property surrounding these valued toys and collectibles.

    Join Volpe Koenig Shareholders and co-hosts Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue, along with fellow Volpe Koenig Shareholder Randy Huis, as they explore the evolution of celebrated action figures and the intellectual property behind them. From the technological innovations involved in G.I. Joe’s “Kung Fu Grip”, to the Transformers action figures’ unique ability to change from robot to animal to vehicle etc., each new wave of toys and characters brings with them new IP challenges and opportunities. But remember to keep them in the original packaging!

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  • 06.30.2021

    This week on IP Goes Pop! fellow Volpe Koenig Shareholder Ryan O’Donnell joins co-hosts Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue to explore the technical world of the TV show Silicon Valley, the intellectual property (IP) challenges faced by fictional compression algorithm company Pied Piper, and how realistic those challenges are to those of real world tech start-ups.

    Michael, Joe, and Ryan consider “what they could have done” in connection with the IP tropes presented through some of the IP-heavy Silicon Valley episodes. They compare and contrast what happens in the show with the way real-world start-ups approach similar scenarios. From patent clearance and licensing, to trademarks, to copyrights, to identifying the different legal entities involved in possible IP disputes, this podcast episode underscores how important it is to know your IP rights from the start of any venture.

  • 06.09.2021

    This week on IP Goes Pop! Volpe Koenig attorney and Ph.D., Douglas Bucklin joins co-hosts and shareholders Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue to travel back in time, and somehow also to the future, to explore intellectual property interests in the area of genetic engineering.

    In this episode, Michael, Joe, and Doug discuss, among other pop culture icons, the Jurassic Park movies and how the genetic engineering in those movies relates to science and intellectual property in the real world. They also explore the current status and methodologies of genetic engineering, how intellectual property laws consider DNA, and how close science may be to bringing back the dinosaurs…

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  • 05.19.2021

    What is an NFT (Non-Fungible Token)? How are they created? Why would you collect digital files that anyone can obtain or view for free? This week on IP Goes Pop! fellow Volpe Koenig Shareholder Joseph Gushue returns to the podcast and joins Michael Snyder to talk about the ABCs of NFTs.

    Michael and Joe break down some of the technical jargon behind NFTs and the basics of the blockchain, as they explore the current trends and future prospects of this technology and how it could impact the pop culture world.

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  • 02.03.2021

    What happens when someone believes a movie is based on their original idea? What sets one Zombie film apart from another? In this episode of IP Goes Pop! intellectual property attorney and host, Michael Snyder, is joined by his fellow shareholder at Volpe Koenig, Joseph Gushue, for a trip to a Hollywood writer’s room.

    Michael and Joe explore the intellectual property issues surrounding the stories that make it to the silver screen, and who really created them.

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  • 09.02.2020

    BAM! POW! This week on IP Goes Pop! Volpe Koenig intellectual property Joseph Gushue joins fellow intellectual property attorney and host Michael Snyder to talk about comic book characters!

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  • 06.24.2020

    This week on IP Goes Pop!, Joseph Gushue, Shareholder with Volpe Koenig, joins fellow Shareholder Michael Snyder to talk about IP “urban legends.” What is an IP urban legend? That would be misinformation circulating about patents, trademarks, copyrights, or trade secrets that sounds right, but is not quite right (certainly not from a legal standpoint).



Joe has prosecuted US and domestic patents related to:

  • Wireless communication systems
  • Network architectures
  • Computer systems and software
  • Video cards and components
  • Batteries
  • Computer Architecture
  • Computer Components
  • Computer Imaging
  • Data Processing
  • e Commerce
  • Hardware and Electronics
  • Semiconductors
  • Software & Computer Services
  • Telecommunications
  • Video Codecs
  • Quantum computing
  • Blockchain

Honors and Activities


  • Selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® - Rising Star list, published by Thomson Reuters, (2013-2021) View methodology used for selection.  
  • No aspect of these advertisements has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, International Patent Law Committee, Vice-Chair
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association, Foreign Practice Committee
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Young Lawyer Division


Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, J.D.

Pennsylvania State University, B.S., Computer Engineering


  • Pennsylvania
    New Jersey
    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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