Meng H. Pua



Meng H. (Paul) Pua is a partner and registered patent attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Paul has assisted various companies in the U.S. and overseas, including start-up companies, in various corporate and regulatory matters relating to intellectual property, health care services, employment, commercial agreements, and technology. Paul has extensive industry experience spanning semiconductor chip design, electronic design automation (EDA) and communications. His practice in the intellectual property domain includes the strategic counseling and management of IP portfolios, including preparation and prosecution of patent applications, as well as handling of post grant review processes (e.g., petition for inter partes review by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board) and litigation support. Paul's technical areas of focus include semiconductor electronics and manufacturing processes, autonomous and electric vehicles, battery technology, biometric systems, web advertising and social media systems, optical systems, telecommunications, networking, software, digital media, virtual machines, and RFID technology. Paul also handles the preparation of infringement and patentability opinions and provides technical knowledge to support infringement analysis. He is a member of the Electronics Practice and the China Practice, as well as the Automotive Industry Team and Technology Industry Team.

Prior to joining Foley, Paul was a patent agent with Choate Hall & Stewart LLP. Previously, he was a senior member of technical staff at TranSwitch Corporation, where he was key developer of in-house automation platforms and design flows, and author of methodology manuals, which were propagated to TranSwitch worldwide design centers. His experience includes engaging with a broad spectrum of leading EDA and IP providers, evaluating and incorporating key technologies for the design and implementation of high-performance semiconductor products. During Paul's tenure at Bell Laboratories (microelectronics division, Lucent Technologies), he was engaged in digital signal processor design and development, as well as physical implementation of a number of IC devices. While at Hewlett Packard, he was involved in one of the world's first video-on-demand systems as part of the consulting and solutions technology group.


  • Recommended by The Legal 500 guide for Intellectual Property: Patent - Prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings): (2017 - 2019)
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 guide for Intellectual Property: Patent - Prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings), in the “Next Generation Lawyers” list, which notes the top up-and-coming lawyers nationwide: (2017 - 2019)
  • Recognized by Leaders League Intelligence Report & Rankings, as a Top Tiered Leading Practitioner for Patent Prosecution, and in Best Law Firm for Patent Prosecution: (2021)


Paul earned his law degree from Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 2012). He earned a master’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology (M.S., electrical and computer engineering). Paul  received a bachelor’s degree from the National University of Singapore (B.E., magna cum laude, electrical engineering).


Paul is admitted to practice in Massachusetts. He is also registered to practice as a patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Paul is fluent in Chinese.

Publications and Presentations

  • "IP Litigation and Prosecution in the United States," lecture co-presenter, Peking University Law School, Beijing, China, 2015.
  • "Moving to the Next (Nanometer) Technology Node," co-author and co-presenter, Boston Synopsys User's Group Meeting, Boston, MA, 2007.
  • "Reduction of Intrinsic Nonlinear Distortion In Semiconductor Lasers With External Light Injection," first author, International Conference of Information, Communications and Signal Processing, Singapore, 1997.