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Joe also assists clients in their intellectual property matters, and chairs the Firm's intellectual property practice. He represents clients in trademark and trade dress, copyright, and patent disputes, including in the financial services, information technology, firearms, music, and other industries, and has litigated before the Trademark Trial & Appeals Board. In addition, he has represented clients in trade secret, domain name and licensing disputes, cyber-defamation litigation, and the enforcement of other intellectual property rights.
In addition to - and in part based upon his experience in -- his litigation practice, Joe advises clients with respect to intellectual property issues, negotiates agreements and relationships, and oversees the securing of federal registrations. Joe also counsels and represents clients in their other commercial concerns, and helps the firm's clients take proactive steps to both protect their rights and manage risks.
Joe co-chairs the Firm's Product Liability and Toxic Tort Practice Area. He has litigated products liability cases for numerous companies, and has defended a wide range of products manufacturers and sellers, including electrical equipment, transportation devices, consumer goods, power tools and manufacturing systems, in commercial claims and litigation arising from personal injury.
Joe is Vice-Chair of the Business Litigation Committee of ALFA International, and the Chair of its 2017 Business Litigation Seminar. He is also a member of the IADC, a 2,500-member invitation-only association of corporate and defense counsel.
From 2007 until 2009, Joe was the Chair of the 1,200-member Commercial Litigation Committee of DRI - the Voice of the Defense Bar. He has written and lectured on such topics as trademark and trade dress litigation, trademark dilution, antitrust issues, equitable remedies, trial procedures, and e-commerce, including authoring the Connecticut portions of several compendiums regarding trade secrets and product liability. Before joining the firm, Mr. Fortner practiced in New York within the Litigation Department of a large, multi-national firm. There, he handled a wide range of commercial and litigation matters, including contract disputes, lender liability and banking matters, accountant liability, and Lanham Act claims.
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When not practicing law, Joe works on his jazz and blues guitar skills (including in a guitar/vocal duo with his wife (who is also a practicing lawyer)). He spends free time on two wheels on New England's scenic roads, and participates in outdoor sporting activities.
DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar, Chair
Commercial Litigation Committee
(Past Committee Chair)
ALFA International Business Litigation
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)