Paul A. Fournier is counsel in the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group.
Paul focuses his practice on patent-related matters including preparing and prosecuting patent applications (including utility, design and reissue applications), drafting infringement, validity, patentability and right-to-use opinions, and providing counsel on licensing, negotiation and redesign issues. He also has experience in conducting patent due diligence studies in corporate mergers and acquisitions, and providing support in patent litigation matters.
Paul's representative technologies on such matters cover a wide range of electrical and mechanical areas. These technologies include optical discs and associated hardware, semiconductors, computer hardware/software, data processing, networking, flat panel displays, navigation systems and various other types of consumer electronics.
He has worked in the patent field since 1992, starting as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). While there, he examined U.S. and Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications encompassing a variety of telephonic communications systems and technologies, including repeaters, supervisory and control line signaling, line equalization circuits, subscriber line interface circuitry and call signal generating. Prior to his tenure at the USPTO, Paul was employed as an electrical engineer by National Semiconductor Corporation, where his representative technology included Bi-CMOS integrated circuitry.
In General. Paul received his bachelor's degree from the University of Maine in 1991, where he graduated first in his electrical engineering class. He received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 1997.