Paul combines practical engineering experience with a deep knowledge of patent and trademark law to build and protect his clients’ valuable IP assets worldwide.
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, materials, 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.
Paul often speaks and writes on patent topics to business and professional organizations. He has been a guest lecturer at Washington University School of Medicine and Saint Louis University School of Law. 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.
His experience includes technologies in the medical and life science fields such as small molecules and proteins, therapeutics, radiopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices, analytical techniques, disinfection/sterilization systems, and animal health.
His experience also includes technologies in the industrial chemical and biological fields relating to manufacturing processes, separations, microencapsulation, emission controls, synthetic biology, renewable chemical technologies, biofuels, nanotechnology, agricultural formulations, polymers, and surfactants.
In the materials field, he has experience with catalysts, semiconductors, printed circuit boards, composite materials, metal surface treatments, alloys, organic LEDS, and specialty building and road materials.
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.
Also, 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.
News & Insights
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- Press Release01.01.2018
"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
"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
St. Louis Small Business Monthly Best IP Attorney, 2019 & 2020
Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer® Rising Star, 2015-2020
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
Practices & Industries
- Missouri, 2009
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2010
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