Paul S. Hunter


Paul Hunter is an intellectual property lawyer regularly handling legal and business issues relating to electronics, computer hardware and software, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), semiconductor, memory, and other fields. His work in AI and ML helps companies identify and protect technologies through both patents and trade secrets. He is the managing partner for the firm’s San Diego office, and he chairs the firm’s Electronics Practice.

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.

Representative Experience

  • Provided strategic guidance in establishing and improving patent strategy at large technology companies such as, AVX, Nutanix, Netscout, SanDisk, TSMC, Western Digital, and many others.
  • Created patent programs at innovative start-up companies, including Caremeda, Continuus Materials, EPC Power,, Shield AI, Totum Labs, and many others.
  • Developed patent programs for numerous financial services companies such as Barclays, Charles Schwab, and U.S. Bank.
  • Reviewed multiple patents, claims, and prosecution histories and conducted prior art searches for invalidity and non-infringement opinions.
  • Performed IP due diligence in multimillion-dollar acquisitions.

Awards and Recognition

  • Recognized, Legal 500
  • Selected to the Super Lawyers – Rising Stars® list
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Patent Law (2011-2024)
  • Recipient, Foley’s Carl Hitchner Mentor of the Year Award


  • Member, American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (AIPLA)
  • Chair, Licensing and Management of IP Assets Committee (AIPLA)

Presentations and Publications

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)
  • Co-author, “America Invents Act: Law & Analysis,” 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)


  • Spanish
19 October 2023 Honors and Awards

Paul Hunter Named Among 2023 Top 100 Leaders in Law by San Diego Business Journal

Foley & Lardner LLP partner Paul Hunter has been named among the San Diego Business Journal’s 2023 Top 100 Leaders in Law.
17 August 2023 Honors and Awards

Foley Attorneys Recognized in 2024 Best Lawyers in America

Foley & Lardner LLP proudly announced today that 236 of the firm’s attorneys across 20 U.S. offices have received recognition in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
18 August 2022 Press Releases

Foley Attorneys Recognized in 2023 Best Lawyers in America

Foley & Lardner LLP proudly announced that 250 of our attorneys across 20 offices have received recognition in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
7 October 2021 Events

Developing a Patent Portfolio for AI Technologies

Foley Partner Paul Hunter will moderate a virtual panel on Thursday, October 7, 2021 entitled, “Developing a Patent Portfolio for AI Technologies."
19 August 2021 Press Releases

Foley Attorneys Recognized in 2022 Best Lawyers in America

Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that 236 of the firm’s attorneys from 18 U.S. offices have been recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, and 46 lawyers from 13 offices were included in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list. Additionally, 14 of the firm’s attorneys received the special designation of “Lawyer of the Year,” an honor earned by only one lawyer in each practice area and metropolitan region.
04 March 2021 Blogs

Patenting Software in AI, VR, and 3D Printing

With rapid changes, pressure to innovate, and acceleration of implementation of advanced technology across all stages of the supply chain over the past year, there are important intellectual property (IP) considerations that companies need to make to protect their inventions.