Paul Hunter is an intellectual property lawyer and managing partner for the San Diego office of Foley & Lardner LLP. He also chairs the firm's Electronics Practice.
Paul’s experience includes legal and business issues relating to electronics, computer hardware and software, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), semiconductor, memory and other such fields. His work in AI and ML helps companies identify and protect technologies through both patents and trade secrets.
Paul primarily focuses on helping companies maximize 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.
Additionally, Paul is a Certified Patent Valuation Analyst (CPVA), having attained a high degree of proficiency in the process of valuing patents and emerging technologies. Through this unique designation, he is trained to value patents and patent portfolios for mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, bankruptcies, license negotiations, litigation damages, dispute resolution, fundraising, strategic decision making, accounting and tax purposes.
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.
Publications and Presentations
Paul lectures to universities, law schools, conferences, professional organizations and corporations. His publications and presentations include: