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Joe is a board certified intellectual property attorney with significant experience litigating commercial and intellectual property matters in both federal and state court.  He specializes in intellectual property litigation (including trademark, copyright and patent matters), trademark and copyright registration, computer litigation, and domain name/cybersquatting issues.  His practice covers commercial litigation, including non-compete agreements, antitrust matters and general business disputes.

Joe spent five years practicing law in Washington before making the move to Tampa.  He’s been with Johnson Pope since 2002.

Distinctions & Memberships 

  • Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year”, 2016 Trademark Law
  • Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year”, 2015, 2021 Litigation – Patent
  • Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year”, 2022 Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Admitted to The Florida Bar – 1994
  • Admitted to The District of Columbia Bar – 1996
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Admitted to U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Admitted to U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Middle District of Florida Member
  • Florida Board Certified Intellectual Property Attorney
  • The Best Lawyers in America© since 2012, in the fields of Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation, Trademark Law
  • Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite
  • Super Lawyers – Florida Super Lawyer
  • International Trademark Association
  • A/V Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


    • University of Pennsylvania, B.A. – 1990
    • George Washington University, J.D. with honors – 1994
      • The George Washington University Law Review
      • The George Washington University Moot Court Board

When He’s Not Working Hard for Clients  

Joe keeps busy running (he’s done the New York Marathon three times), reading, writing, and traveling with the family.

Joseph J. Weissman, a partner in the firm’s Tampa Office, is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer specializing in commercial litigation, trademark, copyright and patent litigation, trade secret litigation, computer litigation and computer-related disputes involving cybersquatting and domain names. He also regularly handles trademark and copyright registrations as well as opposition and cancellation proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In addition to his intellectual property practice, Joe handles complex commercial litigation such as antitrust issues and various other complex business matters. Joe practices regularly in federal courts both in Florida and around the country as well as in Florida state courts.

Joe is active in the International Trademark Association and continues to serve on its Internet Committee. Previously, Joe served on the Editorial Board of The Trademark Reporter. His article analyzing legal developments of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act appeared in the Trademark Reporter under the title: The Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act: Developments Through Its First Six Years, 95 TMR 1058 (2005).

Joe graduated with honors in 1994 from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he was a member of The George Washington Law Review and member of the Moot Court Board. He is the author of Upping the Ante: Allowing Indian Tribes to Sue States in Federal Court Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 62 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 123 (1993). Joe received his bachelor’s degree in economics and history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990.

Joe gained admission to the Florida Bar in 1994 and is also a member of the bar of the District of Columbia. He is also a member of the bars of the following courts: United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; United States District Courts for the Middle, Northern & Southern Districts of Florida, United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Joe is also a member of the British-American Project which exists to help maintain and enrich the long-standing relationship between Britain and The United States. The British-American Project is made up of people who have each attained distinction in their particular fields.

After practicing at a large litigation firm in Washington, D.C. for five years, Joe moved to Tampa in 1999. He is married with three daughters.

  • Stong Strong, LLC v. Del Zotto Products of Florida, Inc., 2010 WL 4259371 (M.D. Fla. 2010)
  • Athle-Tech Computer Systems, Inc. v. Montage Group Ltd., 2004 WL 2892394, 29 Fla. L. Weekly D2804 (Fla. 2d DCA 2004)
  • In re Milk Products Antitrust Litigation, 195 F.3d 430 (8th Cir. 1999)
  • Nippon Chemicals Sales Co., Ltd. v. Texaco Inc., 1997 WL 419629 (Del. Ch. 1997)


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