Joaquin Hernandez


  • Joaquin Hernandez
  • Phone: +1 561 962 2105

    Import to Address Book

  • Duane Morris LLP
    Boca Center Tower II
    5100 Town Center Circle, Suite 400
    Boca Raton, FL 33486-1008
  • Duane Morris LLP
    190 South LaSalle Street, Suite 3700
    Chicago, IL 60603-3433

Joaquin Hernandez practices in the area of intellectual property law assisting clients with patent, trademark, and copyright procurement (domestic and foreign) as well as portfolio management and counseling in the electrical, software, and mechanical industries. Mr. Hernandez also performs freedom-to-operate, design-around, infringement, and validity analyses.

Mr. Hernandez’s patent preparation and prosecution experience includes hardware and software designs related to: artificial intellegence and machine learning based systems; circuit designs; blockchain technologies; communication networks such as mobile networks (e.g., 3G, 4G), Wan/Lan networks, WLAN networks (e.g., Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth networks); communication protocols used across the networks; internet telephony (e.g., VOIP); digital and analog communication systems; and digital and analog control systems. His experience includes prosecution appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and he also has experience with the defense of trademark oppositions filed before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Hernandez worked for more than a decade as an electrical engineer for a variety of technology firms in the telecommunications, defense, film, and consumer electronics industries.  During this time, Mr. Hernandez designed and developed telecommunication equipment including handsets and base stations, home smart devices, defense systems, and film and video processing systems.

Mr. Hernandez is a 2014 cum laude graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was executive article editor for the Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property Law. Mr. Hernandez is also a summa cum laude graduate of Boston University (B.S., Electrical Engineering). He is fluent in Spanish.

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property

  • Patents

  • Trademarks

  • Copyrights


  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.,cum laude, 2014
    - Executive Articles Editor, Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property Law
  • Boston University, B.S., Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude , 1996


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Associate, 2017-present
  • Faegre Baker Daniels
    - Associate, 2014-2017
  • OpenPeak
    - Senior Firmware Engineer, 2008-2011
  • xG Technology
    - Firmware Team Lead/Senior Firmware Engineer, 2005-2008
  • Symantec Corporation
    - Senior Firmware Engineer, 2002-2004
  • DaVinci Systems
    - Firmware Engineer, 1999-2002
  • Raytheon Company
    - Firmware Engineer, 1996-1999
  • Boston University
    - Research Assistant, 1994-1996

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
    - Pro Bono Committee
    -- Vice-Chair, 2020-2021

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Chicago-Kent Patent Hub Program - Volunteer Pro Bono Attorney

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2019-2022

  • Recipient, USPTO Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate, 2017, 2019, and 2023

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, "The Effects of Statements Made During Foreign Prosecution on U.S. Patent Litigation," CLE Webinar, June 14, 2018