Paul E. Poirot

Partner

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

Paul Poirot focuses his practice on patent litigation and licensing. He has litigated patent cases in numerous district courts around the country, before both the International Trade Commission and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is also an experienced negotiator who has concluded more than 150 patent licenses and settlement agreements for parties and has performed intellectual property due diligence reviews of major acquisitions. Having spent two years in Tokyo as a member of the intellectual property group of a major Japanese electronics company, where he represented the company in licensing negotiations for one of the largest and most diverse patent portfolios in the world, as well as having worked as an engineer for National Instruments in Texas, Paul understands from an in-house perspective the problems clients are facing. He encourages communication between clients and the groups with which they are dealing, such as engineers or manufacturers, and facilitates solutions by explaining the objectives and motivations behind each side of an issue.

Select Experience

  • Represented a plaintiff-appellant in a precedential decision related to patentability under 25 U.S.C. § 101 of the graphics rendering process. Research Corp. Technologies Inc. v. Microsoft Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2010)
  • Provides ongoing representation of the defendant/counterclaim plaintiff in patent litigation related to heavy construction and earth-moving vehicles. ESCO Corp., et al., v. Cashman Equipment Co. et al., C.D. III. (2011/2012)
  • Represented a client in the Eastern District of Texas in response to third-party discovery requests and deposition subpoenas in patent litigation related to microprocessor and semiconductor memory design. Solid State Storage Solutions Inc. v. STEC Inc. et al., E.D. Tex. (2011)
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Experience

  • Represented a plaintiff-appellant in a precedential decision related to patentability under 25 U.S.C. § 101 of the graphics rendering process. Research Corp. Technologies Inc. v. Microsoft Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2010)
  • Provides ongoing representation of the defendant/counterclaim plaintiff in patent litigation related to heavy construction and earth-moving vehicles. ESCO Corp., et al., v. Cashman Equipment Co. et al., C.D. III. (2011/2012)
  • Represented a client in the Eastern District of Texas in response to third-party discovery requests and deposition subpoenas in patent litigation related to microprocessor and semiconductor memory design. Solid State Storage Solutions Inc. v. STEC Inc. et al., E.D. Tex. (2011)
  • Represented a client in patent litigation in the Middle District of Florida related to cellular phones and communications systems. Brandywine Communications Technologies LLC v. Apple et al., M.D. Fla. (2011)
  • Represented a complainant at the International Trade Commission (ITC) in a Section 337 Investigation of patent infringement litigation related to computer virus detection and removal. In the Matter of Systems for Detecting and Removing Viruses or Worms, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-624
  • Representing a client in a patent dispute with a patent holding company in the semiconductor technology space in the face of demands that have exceeded $100 million. (2013)
  • Retained by a client to analyze and comment on more than 30 patent license agreements in connection with a capital financing program expected to raise $100 million or more from investors. (2013)

Recognitions and Memberships

Pro Bono

  • Represents clients seeking Social Security disability benefits.
  • Represented a Libyan student seeking political asylum and immigration status.
  • Represented the tenant in a landlord-tenant dispute, including mediation and a trial in which the landlord was ordered to repair all housing code violations, and in which the client was released from paying rent owed and was given possession of a unit rent-free.
  • Organized several firm attorneys to join in all-day training in Washington, D.C., by the Veterans Consortium to represent veterans before the Veterans Administration and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Emerging Issues

Prior Positions

  • National Instruments (Austin, Texas): Engineer

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois

Education

  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1997
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1992, magna cum laude