J. Joseph Muller Counsel

J. Joseph Muller


Counsel Joe Muller has extensive legal experience in all areas of intellectual property, but also in business management and product development. Prior to his legal career, 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.


Joe earned his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law. Prior to law school, Harley earned his Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisville.

He is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Missouri Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Joe served as Director for the St. Louis Environmental Control Commission from1988-1997 and Director for the St. Louis Economic Development Commission from1986-1993.

Joe is admitted to practice in the state of Missouri and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


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



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