Joe's Profile

Joe Bird is a registered patent attorney, litigator, and Shareholder at Maynard Cooper, and a member of its Intellectual Property Practice Group. He prosecutes, litigates, and counsels clients regarding patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and restrictive covenants. Since 1982, Joe has gained broad experience in all aspects of intellectual property law.

He has been a registered patent attorney in the USPTO since 2001. He regularly prosecutes patent applications and counsels clients about patents in the US, and supervises these activities in Europe, China, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and other countries in Asia and South America. He also has experience in post-grant review including IPRs and re-examinations, and in federal district court patent litigation. His practice includes clients in bioelectronics, neurotechnology, cognitive neuroscience inventions, optical and audio devices, software and manufacturing processes, and mechanical devices.

In 2001 he completed the coursework for a Master of Science in Vision Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, covering all aspects of the visual system including neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, physiological optics, biochemistry, and genetics. Before 2001 he was strictly a litigator, trying more than 30 cases to final verdict (jury and non-jury) and handling appeals, including in trade secret and restrictive covenant cases. His prior litigation experience also included national counsel teams for two pharmaceutical companies in which neurological injuries were alleged.

He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the categories of Patent Law, Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Patent, Information Technology Law, and Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice, and Joe was recognized as the 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Litigation: Intellectual Property in his market.

The breadth of his experience enables him to advise clients with almost any intellectual property issue.

Joe's Accolades

  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Patent, and Patent Law (2016-present); Information Technology Law (2018-present); Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice (2021-present)
  • Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation - Patent (2021-present); Litigation: Intellectual Property (2019)
  • Recognized as a "Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation
  • Birmingham Magazine "Top Attorneys" for Intellectual Property (2016)

Joe's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association


State Bar: Alabama

U.S. District Court: Alabama (Northern, Middle, Southern)

U.S. Court of Appeals: Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Supreme Court of Alabama

  • University of Alabama School of Law
    • (1982, J.D.)
  • Auburn University
    • (1979, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi)

Wednesday, October 6, 2021


Maynard, Cooper & Gale (Maynard) has earned the distinction of a Highly Recommended Litigation Firm and Highly Recommended Labor & Employment Firm in the recently released 2022 edition of Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide spotlighting the nation’s leading law firms and litigators. The list of Maynard lawyers recognized in the...

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

179 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022

Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 179 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, including 17 who are distinguished as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of expertise and 48 of the Firm’s younger attorneys...

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

168 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers© in America 2021

Birmingham, AL. (August 20, 2020) Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 168 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide highlighting attorneys with significant achievements in their areas of practice. With 76 practice areas listed...

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