As a Senior Attorney at the Minneapolis-based firm of Dicke, Billig & Czaja, Paul 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.
Living in the rugged wilderness of Northern Idaho, much of Paul’s free time is spent riding horses through the mountainous national forests. To do so, 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 through the forest. In each case, Paul understands the territory and knows the way.
As a registered patent attorney, Paul’s work focuses on drafting and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patents, opinions and related counseling. Primary areas of technical specialization include mechanical and electro-mechanical, with particular interest in medical devices, 3D printing, computer/peripheral, e-commerce, and cloud-based business technologies. 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, and familiarity with many ancillary patent procedures.
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.