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Paul is a partner in the Chicago and Washington D.C. offices of DLA Piper LLP.  Described by as ‘an outstanding IP litigator,’ the 2010 review noted that ‘even though he is relatively young, has already amassed great experience in many aspects of patent disputes such as depositions, settlement negotiations and trials’. He was named a 2009 “40 under forty” attorney in Illinois by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company in a special supplement to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer magazine, and has been selected as a 2012 Illinois Super Lawyer. A first-chair trial lawyer, he works primarily on complex patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright and other IP-related litigation matters.  He has been trial counsel to clients in jury trials, before the International Trade Commission investigating Section 337 violations, in Federal and state court appeals, in Markman and other evidentiary hearings, before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, in United States Bankruptcy Court, and in mediations and arbitrations. His public representations include appearances for American clients TransData Inc., Innovolt, Inc., KANA Software, Garmin Ltd., International Truck & Engine Co., Sturman Industries, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc., Magellan Navigation, Inc., and BCE Emergis Inc., and Pacific Rim clients DENSO CORPORATION, Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru), Konica Minolta, Kubota Corp., Minolta Corp., Nichia Corp., Rohm Co., Ltd., Matsui Co., Ltd., Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd., Mazda Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation. He is the co-author of a book on United States Patent Litigation published in Japanese by AIPPI Japan, another book on the America Invents Act published in Japanese by JIII, and a recent article inIntellectual Property Magazine regarding patent reexamination and review.


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Practice areas


  1. Patent Infringement: 85%
    20 years, 100 cases
  2. Litigation: 10%
    20 years, 5 cases
  3. Trademark: 5%
    20 years, 7 cases

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Contact info

Dla Piper, LLP (Us)

203 North Lasalle Suite 1800
Chicago, IL, 60601


DCActive 199807/05/2016
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199605/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2012 Illinois Super Lawyerhttp://www.superlawyers.com2012
Forty Under 40 To Watch in ChicagoLaw Bulletin Publishing Company2009
EditorUniversity of Chicago Law Review1995
Harvard Journal Of Law And Public Policy, Symposium EditionEditor1995
FellowOlin Foundation in Law and Economics1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDLA Piper LLP (US)2013 - Present
PartnerKirkland & Ellis, LLP1997 - Present
Judicial Law ClerkHonorable Patrick E. Higginbotham, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit1996 - 1997
AnalystWasserstein Perella & Co.1991 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tokyo IP Inn of CourtMember2013 - Present
Lawyers for the Creative ArtsDirector2009 - Present
Scribes, The American Society of Writers on Legal SubjectsLife Member1998 - Present
Federal Circuit Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Fifth Circuit Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Chicago Inn of CourtMember1997 - Present
The Federalist SocietyMember1993 - Present
Japan America Society of ChicagoDirector1999 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
O2 Micro International Ltd. v. Rohm Co., Ltd., Case No. 2:05-cv-211 (E.D. Tex)Confidential Settlement
In re Qimonda, Case No. 09-14766-RGM, ___ B.R. ___ (Bankr. E.D. Va. 2011).Judgment for Clients
Brittanica Cases, Case Nos. 1:05-cv-359, A-06-ca-578 and A-07-ca-787 (W.D. Texas, Yeakel, J.)Judgement for Clients
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Publication nameTitleDate
Book published by Japan Institute for Promoting Invention and InnovationUS Patent Law Reform2013
Intellectual Property MagazinePost-issuance patent review2011
Book published in Japan by AIPPAUS Patent Litigation Q&A 1502011
Kirkland & Ellis Private Equity NewsletterPrivate Equity Newsletter: New Law Reshapes U.S. Patent Landscape2011
IP SpotlightIP Spotlight - July 20112011
IP SpotlightIP Spotlight - August 20102010
IP SpotlightIP Spotlight - December 20092009
IP SpotlightIP Spotlight - September 20092009
IP SpotlightIP Spotlight - June 20092009
IP SpotlightIP Spotlight - February 20092009
ABA ReportReport and Resolutions for ABA Intellectual Property Section, Committee on Patent Legislation2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Chicago Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Rice UniversityMaterials Science Engineering/EconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Evolving US Patent LawThe America Invents Act2011
Joint Meeting of the State Bar of California International Law Section and Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association"Hot Topics in Patent Litigation for U.S. and Japanese Companies"2011
International Committee of the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA)"The re-shaping of U.S. Patent Law"2011
UBIC Conference"Ramifications of ITC Litigation Growth for Japanese Companies"2010
Kirkland & Ellis 17th Annual Technology & Law SeminarLaw and Technology2010
Computerworld's Open Source Business ConferenceLitigation and Open Source2010
Kirkland & Ellis LLP Open Source Law SeminarLitigation and Open Source2009
Tokai University School of Law, "U.S. Patent Litigation," Course, 2006 and 2007"U.S. Patent Litigation"2007
Course D7Course D7 of the Japan Intellectual Property Association, mock trial witness cross examination2007
Osaka Seminar for IP professionals, sponsored by Chuo Sogo Law Office and Fujimoto & Partners"Unique Aspects of Defending Japanese Companies in U.S. Patent Litigation: using them to your advantage"2006