Paul combines practical engineering experience with a deep knowledge of patent law to build and protect his clients’ valuable IP assets worldwide.

Overview

Paul prepares and prosecutes patent applications in the U.S. and abroad. A registered patent attorney with a background in chemical engineering, Paul has extensive knowledge of patent law in major foreign jurisdictions, including Europe, China, Japan, India, Australia and Brazil. His clients range from large corporations to small businesses, early-stage companies, universities and individual inventors.

Paul’s patent prosecution experience covers a broad range of technologies primarily in the chemical and life science fields. He handles complex patent prosecution matters including appeals, re-examinations, and re-issue proceedings. In addition to patent prosecution, Paul conducts patentability studies, performs clearance work for new products and processes, provides freedom-to-operate opinions and drafts IP-related agreements.

Experience

His experience includes technologies related to chemical and biological manufacturing processes, new molecules, analytical techniques, medicinal chemistry, medical diagnostics, therapeutics, antibiotics, radiopharmaceuticals, animal health, green technology, nanotechnology, biofuels, agricultural chemicals, catalysts, polymers, materials, coatings, metal surface treatments, surfactants, microencapsulation, organic LEDs, paving materials, and emission controls.

Notably, Paul developed and executed a highly successful patent prosecution strategy for a major commercial product for a Fortune 200 company in the U.S., Europe, China, Canada and several other jurisdictions. Paul also led a successful patent campaign that secured significant funding for a startup company.

Paul represents several universities and supports their efforts to advance research while building licensable patent assets.

Paul has been a Missouri Professional Engineer since 2008. Before practicing patent law, he was an environmental engineer, advising on environmental issues and managing environmental remediation projects. His environmental engineering experience includes preparation of risk assessments for contaminated sites. Notably, he independently designed and performed a human health risk assessment for a former uranium plant in accordance with EPA Superfund guidance.

Paul often speaks and writes on patent topics to professional and business organizations. With three daughters of his own, he supports STEM programs for young women. He's even served as meeting leader for the USPTO's IP Patch for Girl Scout Troop 142.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

"Intellectual Property Issues in Academic Therapeutics Development," Saint Louis University Institute for Drug and Biotherapeutic Innovation, March 2019

Meeting Leader for USPTO's IP Patch for Girl Scout Troop 142, December 2015

Overview on Patents, Panel Discussion at Genetics & Genomics of Disease Pathway Seminar, Washington University Medical School, November 2015

Publications

"The Startup IP Playbook," The St. Louis Bar Journal, Vol. 63, Spring 2017

"Patent Term Adjustment Is Hiding in AIA Corrections Law," Law360, February 2013

Quoted in "USPTO Patent Term Adjustment Rules Praised By IP Attys," Law360, April 2013

Recognitions

Recognitions

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer® Rising Star, 2015-2019

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Missouri Bar Association

Patent Pro Bono Program, Volunteer, 2019-present

Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Patent, Trademark, Copyright Section, Officer, 2011-2014, Chair, 2014

Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Missouri Columbia, Industrial Advisory Board, 2009-2012

Ridgemont Subdivision, Trustee, 2016-present

Admissions

  • Missouri, 2009
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2010

Education

St. Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2008

University of Missouri – Columbia, M.S., Chemical Engineering, 2003

University of Missouri – Columbia, B.S., Chemical Engineering, honors scholar, 2002

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