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J. Joseph Muller

J. Joseph Muller


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Joe Muller has extensive legal experience in all areas of intellectual property, but also in business management and product development. Prior to joining Polster Lieder in 1989, he successfully managed Carter Automotive Company, a manufacturer of automotive products with sales exceeding $125 million annually, as the company’s Senior Vice President and General Manager. He also served as Carter’s Director of Purchasing, Product Manager and Patent Counsel.

Later, as General Counsel to ACF Industries, Inc., whose sales exceeded $300 million annually, he was involved with corporate acquisitions and divestitures, corporate financing, the Securities Exchange Commission, employee and labor relations, retirement, and environmental matters, in addition to intellectual property protection and a range of litigation matters including product liability and personal injury.

Joe was President of Marelly Leasing LLC, a retailer and lessor of AEDs, whose sales exceeded $1 million annually, and has recently started a new company, Simple Golf Products LLC to develop and sell sports practice aids.

He is an inventor with eight U.S. and foreign patents in automotive, electric motor, sports equipment, firearm safety and RFID technologies and has two pending patent applications. Joe has counseled a number of start-up companies with respect to the development and protection of their intellectual property, and with other aspects of their businesses.

Practice Areas:

Patent, trademark, trade dress, unfair competition, franchise, trade secret, copyrights, unfair competition and litigation.


Juris Doctor: Washington University School of Law
Master of Arts, Political Science: University of Missouri at St. Louis
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering: University of Louisville

Admitted to Practice:

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Industry Experience:

Automotive, electrical engineering, rail transportation, manufacturing and leasing, pollution control, steel products, sports equipment and practice aids.

Activities and Bar Associations:

Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
The Missouri Bar
American Bar Association
Director, St. Louis Economic Development Commission, 1986-1993
Director, St. Louis Environmental Control Commission 1988-1997

Speaking/Written Publications:

Author: “Corporate Patent Practices: A Brief Overview,” St. Louis Bar Journal

Professional and Personal Profile:

Joe has served as a Director of agencies within the City of St. Louis, including the Economic Development Board and the Pollution Control Board. He has written monthly articles for business publications in Missouri and Illinois.  Joe is a past President of the Lafayette Square Restoration Committee involved in the preservation of historic areas near downtown St. Louis.  He has also served on various church boards.