Admissions and Affiliations
United States Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1991
U.S. District Court, District of Montana, 2013
American Intellectual Property Law Association
International Trademark Association
State Bar of Montana
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa College of Engineering, Phi Eta Sigma, Theta Tau, 1988
J.D., University of Iowa College of Law, with distinction, Senior Note and Comment Editor, Journal of Corporation Law, 1991
Direct phone: 612.767.2504
A Midwestern-bred registered patent attorney, Paul now bases his practice in the rugged wilderness of Northern Idaho. Unhindered by distance, as a Senior Attorney at the Minneapolis-based firm of Dicke, Billig & Czaja, he serves a variety of clients across the United States, including both Fortune 50/500 and smaller companies. Regardless of their location or size, each client receives the same high quality work.
Much of Paul’s free time is spent riding horses through the mountainous national forests. As active members of a Back Country Horseman club, Paul’s family helps to clear and maintain trails to ensure safe passage through the rough country. Similarly, clients can count on him to protect their intellectual property and the resources that fund that protection. Clients are guided through the IP landscape in the same way they would be guided on a ride along the Continental Divide. In each case, Paul understands the territory and knows the way.
Paul’s work focuses on drafting and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patents, opinions and related counseling, along with a growing trademark practice. Primary areas of technical specialization include mechanical and electro-mechanical, with particular interest in medical devices, computer/peripheral, e-commerce, cloud-based business technologies, and agriculture. Paul is also known for solid portfolio management skills, including continual analysis and monitoring of competitor patents and/or portfolios. This well-rounded package of IP legal services also includes a successful Appeal practice, creative leveraging of design patents, familiarity with many ancillary patent procedures, and copyright registration and counseling.
Clients appreciate Paul’s ability to absorb intricate detail and communicate its essentials without getting bogged down in legal or patent process jargon. After all these years in IP law, his one-on-one conversations with inventors often become a veritable mind-meld, allowing Paul to speak with the inventor’s voice at each stage of the drafting and prosecution process.
Paul earned his biomedical engineering degree from the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering, where he worked as a research assistant in biomechanical fatigue testing, ophthalmologic measurement systems, and impact attenuation testing of protective headgear.
While attending the University of Iowa College of Law, Paul served as a senior contributing editor for the Journal of Corporation Law. Prior to joining DBC in 2000, Paul had spent nearly a decade at two other Twin Cities-based IP firms. During that time he was a contributing author and editor of Intellectual Property Law for Business Lawyers (Thomson West).
Besides their adventures on horseback, Paul and his family enjoy participating in other outdoor activities as often as possible: skiing, hiking, and various shooting sports are particular favorites.