Paul S. Hunter



Paul Hunter is an intellectual property lawyer and the managing partner for the San Diego office of Foley & Lardner LLP. He also chairs the firm's Electronics Practice.

Paul’s experience covers a wide-range of legal and business issues relating to electronics, computer hardware and software, artificial intelligence, machine learning, semiconductor, memory, and other such fields.

Paul’s primary focus is to assist companies in maximizing the value of their technology. He has created and maintained valuable patent programs at several dozens of large and small companies. He is particularly experienced at navigating the challenges in patenting software.

Paul also represents both patent owners and patent challengers in post-grant Patent Office procedures, such as inter partes review (IPR).

In addition to his patent work, Paul assists companies in negotiations and agreements related to licenses, joint ventures, and other business arrangements involving technology.


In 1995, Paul received a Bachelor of Science with honors in electrical and computer engineering from Brigham Young University (BYU). He received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1998 from the University of Michigan Law School. At Michigan, he was an executive editor of the first exclusively on-line law review, the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review.

Professional Memberships

He has served in a number of leadership positions with the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (AIPLA) and was chair of the AIPLA Licensing and Management of IP Assets Committee.


The Legal 500 has recognized Paul for his patent prosecution work. He has also been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers − Rising Stars® since 2006 and in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2011 in the fields of intellectual property law and patent law.

In 2013, Paul received Foley’s Carl Hitchner Mentor of the Year Award, presented annually to recognize outstanding mentoring to our young attorneys.


Paul is admitted to practice in California and Wisconsin, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Paul is conversant in Spanish.

Publications and Presentations

Paul lectures to universities, law schools, conferences, professional organizations and corporations. His publications and presentations include:

  • "Artificial Intelligence – Who Are the Leaders,” LinkedIn Pulse, July 2016
  • “Self-Driving Cars – IP Driving Acquisition,” Dashboard Insights, August 2015
  • “Unicorns: the next troll bait?” Intellectual Property Magazine, July/August 2015
  • America Invents Act: Law & Analysis, co-author, Aspatore Books, January 2012
  • "How US Patent Reform Will Affect Your Filing," Managing IP Webinar, November 2011
  • "How to Litigate Under the New U.S. Patent Law," Managing Intellectual Property, October 2011
  • "Last Chance to Expand Patent Coverage?" IP Law 360, June 2007
  • "Peer-Reviewed Patent Applications: A Quixotic Undertaking," The National Law Journal, March 2007
  • "Patent Troll Ahead," Waters Magazine, October 2006
  • "Overcoming Patent Infringement Allegations," Aspatore Books, 2004, ISBN 1-59622-028-7
  • "Dealing with Allegations of Patent Infringement," Venture Capital Journal, September 2004
  • "Seven Habits of Successful Patenting" presented at "Patenting Business Methods in the Financial Industry" conference in 2004
  • "The Amazon Ruling," in The National Law Journal, p. B, March 2001 (Article on the effects of Federal Circuit decision in the "One-Click" patent case)