Paul L. Hickman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney in Palo Alto, CA

TIPS Group
 | 3000 El Camino Real, Bldg. 4, 2nd Floor
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone: 650-293-3355
Fax: 650-618-8515
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property
Attorney Profile

Paul L. Hickman specializes in intellectual property law including patent, trademark and copyright law. As a long-time resident of the San Francisco Peninsula, he obtained his BSEE from San Jose State University, his AB from Stanford University, his MA from Cogswell College and his JD from Santa Clara University School of Law.  Mr. Hickman is licensed as an attorney in California, Texas and the District of Columbia, and is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Supreme Courts of California and Texas, a number of U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

 
Practice Areas
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Intellectual Property (100%): Patents, Trademarks

Focus Areas

Patents, Trademarks

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Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019

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About Paul Hickman

Admitted: 1984, California

Professional Webpage: http://tipsgroup.com/our-firm/paul-l-hickman/

Honors/Awards:

  • Excellence in Scholarship in Electrical Engineering, Eta Kappa Nu Association
  • "Northern California Super Lawyer," Thomson Reuters, 2005-2019
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubbell, 1999-2019
  • "Top Lawyer in California," American Lawyer Media
  • "Top Patent Prosecutor," Patent Research Review

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Patent Valuation Analyst (CVPA), The Business Development Academy, 2011
  • Registered Patent Agent, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1977

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association (SVIPLA), President, 2002-2003
  • Licensing Executive Society (LES)
  • Keiretsu Forum Member
  • Supreme Court of California
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • United States Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia
  • World Intellectual Property and Trade Forum (WIPTF), Board Member, 1992-1997
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA)
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, "U.S. Inventor Notebook Practice for Foreign Inventors," (Milan, Italy, 2001)
  • Speaker, "U.S. Patent Prosecution Techniques," (Taipei, Taiwan, 2000)
  • Speaker, "U.S. Patent Law Update," (Tokyo, Japan, 1999)
  • Speaker, "Understanding the Intellectual Property License," Practicing Law Institute (San Francisco, California, 1998)
  • Book Chapter, "The Patent and Technology License," Understanding the Intellectual Property License, Practicing Law Institute, © 1998
  • Speaker, "Understanding the Intellectual Property License," Practicing Law Institute (San Francisco, California, 1997)
  • Speaker, "Introduction to Intellectual Property," PASCO (Palo Alto, California, 1997)
  • Speaker, "Entertainment Law in the Filmmaking Industry," TIPS Group Brown Bag MCLE Seminar (Palo Alto, California, August 18, 2015)
  • Book Chapter, "The Patent and Technology License," Understanding the Intellectual Property License, Practicing Law Institute, © 1997
  • Speaker, "Cover Your Assets," The Got Startup Meetup Group (Palo Alto, California, June 25, 2015)
  • Speaker, "Will There Be Publication of U.S. Patent Applications After January, 1996?" Peninsula Intellectual Property Law Association (Santa Clara, California, 1996)
  • Speaker, "Entertainment Law for Movie Makers," The Got Movie Meetup Group (Palo Alto, California, June 24, 2015)
  • Speaker and Moderator, "The U.S. Patent System and the CAFC," World Intellectual Property and Trade Forum (Tokyo, Japan, 1992)
  • Speaker, "Patent Portfolio Valuation Techniques," Advanced Patent Valuation (BDA Webinar, Oct. 2014)
  • Speaker, "Revisiting the Means-Plus-Function Claim," World Intellectual Property and Trade Forum (Palo Alto, California, 1990)
  • Speaker, "Intellectual Property for Startups," Cogswell College FastTrac® Program (Sunnyvale, California, June 2014)
  • Speaker, "Understanding Patents," Sunnyvale Patent Information Clearinghouse (Sunnyvale, California, 1984)
  • Speaker, "Intellectual Property for Startups," Cogswell College FastTrac® Program (Sunnyvale, California, Apr. 2014)
  • Speaker, "Patent Portfolio Valuation Techniques," Advanced Patent Valuation (BDA Webinar, 2013)
  • Speaker, "Intellectual Property for Technology Startups," San Jose State University (San Jose, California, 2013)
  • Speaker, "Intellectual Property Law in Cuba," TIPS Group Brown Bag MCLE Seminar (Palo Alto, California, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Objective and Subjective Criteria for Screening Patent Portfolios for Value Using USPTO Records," Advanced Patent Valuation (BDA Webinar, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Objective Criteria for Screening Patent Portfolios for Value," TIPS Group Brown Bag MCLE Seminar (Palo Alto, California, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs and Innovators," Cogswell College (Sunnyvale, California, 2012)
  • Speaker, "IP 4 EE (Intellectual Property for Electrical Engineers)" San Jose State Chapter of the IEEE (San Jose, California, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Analysis of USPTO Records for Patent Claim Scope, Validity & Enforceability," Advanced Patent Valuation (BDA Webinar, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Protecting Creative Ideas," Cogswell College Entrepreneurship Forum (Sunnyvale, California, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Analysis of USPTO Records for Patent Claim Scope, Validity & Enforceability," Advanced Patent Valuation (BDA Webinar, 2011)
  • Speaker, "Patents: What are they Good For?." Corporate Retreat Presentation, (Sunnyvale, California, 2011)
  • Speaker, "Protecting Your Idea," San Jose State University College of Business Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship, (San Jose, California, 2010)
  • Speaker, "Patentable Subject Matter in the United States," (Milan, Italy, 2010)
  • Speaker, "Current Patent Law Issues for the U.S. Supreme Court," Intellectual Property Law Section of the Chicago Bar Association (Chicago, 2006)
  • Speaker, "What the Federal Circuit Would Like to See in Litigated Patents," District of Columbia Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section (Washington D.C., 2005)
  • Speaker, "Drafting and Prosecuting Patents in a Changing Patent Environment," 2005 Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute, Co-Sponsored by the Intellectual Property Section of the Colorado Bar Association and the ABA Section on Science & Technology (Denver, Colorado, 2005)
  • Speaker, "Patent Procurement Techniques for Maximizing Claim Scope and Enforceability," Washington State Patent Law Association and Oregon Patent Law Association Joint Meeting (Stevenson, Washington, 2005)
  • Speaker, "Procuring Enforceable Patents per CAFC Guidelines," Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association (Palo Alto, California, 2005)
  • Speaker, "Writing and Prosecuting U.S. Patent Applications in the 21st Century," (Sidney, Australia, 2004)
  • Speaker, "Software Patents in the U.S.," (Munich, Germany, 2002)

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • SAES Getters SpA v. Aeronex Corp, (S.D. of CA)
  • Kirby v. Boffito, Inter. Nos. 105,311 and 105,312, (Bd. Pat. App. & Inter. June 27, 2005)
  • O'Dorsay, Inc. v. International Housewares, Inc. (C.D. of CA)
  • YuMe, Inc. v. Xaxis, Inc. (N.D. of CA) (counsel for plaintiff in a Declaratory Judgment Action regarding U.S. Patent No. 8,370,455)
  • Water Fun Products Corp. v. Proslide Technology, Inc. (C.D. of CA)
  • Allure Home Creations v. Zak Designs (DNJ)
  • SAES Getters S.p.A. v. Innovative Micro Technology, Inc. (C.D. of CA)
  • In re Bally Gaming, Inc, (Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit), Docket No. 2011-1132, Reexamination No. 90/006,601
  • RLT Acquisition v. Innovative Concepts in Entertainment (N.D. of CA)
  • Aeronex Corp. v. SAES Getters SpA (S.D. of CA)
  • Dex Products, Inc. v. Barbara Houghteling and Basic Comfort, Inc (N.D. of CA)
  • Bally Gaming, Inc. v. Hon. David Kappos et al. (Fed. Dist. Ct., District of Columbia)

Educational Background:

  • Cogswell Polytechnical College, M.A. (Entrepreneurship & Innovation), 2014
  • San Jose State University, B.S.E.E., 1985
  • Stanford University, A.B., 1975

Industry Groups

  • Entertainment
  • Technology
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Office Location for Paul L. Hickman

3000 El Camino Real
Bldg. 4, 2nd Floor
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Phone: 650-293-3355

Fax: 650-618-8515

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Last Updated: 6/26/2019

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