Paul E. McGowan

Paul E. McGowan

*Licensed in Georgia and Virginia, not licensed in California.

Paul McGowan has extensive experience in commercial litigation and corporate counseling, along with a multi-year federal clerkship and a significant technical background from NASA.  His practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property law, including infringement and enforcement activities for global companies in high-stakes patent, trademark and copyright litigation in trial and appellate courts nationwide and across a range of industries.

Paul is a senior litigator with deep experience in litigation and arbitration/mediation of intellectual property and commercial disputes and in patent reexaminations and appeals before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  He is well versed in the various patent examination proceedings available under the America Invents Act, having served as lead counsel in over 20 post-grant proceedings, including representation of petitioners and patent owners, and in related multi-district patent infringement litigation.

Paul’s representative patent litigation experience includes cases involving pharmaceuticals, smartphone mobile banking apps, cellular phone technologies, silicon microphones, video editing algorithms, medical and biomedical devices, consumer electronics, chemical extrusion, semiconductors, USB flash memory, manufacturing equipment, business methods, sporting goods and clothing apparel.  A registered patent attorney, Paul has also prepared/prosecuted patents in the mechanical and electromechanical arts for Fortune 500 clients with foreign and domestic interests including semiconductor manufacturers, power companies and a major bowling products manufacturer.

Paul has over a dozen years of experience as a practicing engineer at the NASA Langley Research Center, in Hampton, Virginia, where he was an internationally recognized senior researcher and project leader with over 20 technical publications and presentations at national and international conferences.  Most notably, Paul led an award-winning project team that successfully developed a landmark national test bed and ground test technologies for the International Space Station.

Sample litigation matters:

  • Intellectual Ventures, et al. v. Capital One, et al., District of Maryland, Case No. PWG-14-111: defense of financial institution in patent infringement litigation regarding mobile banking applications for smartphones/tablets. Case successfully resolved on summary judgment.
  • Columbia Sportswear North America, Inc. v. Seirus Innovative Accessories Inc., District of Oregon, Case No. 3:15-cv-64-HZ: defense of cold weather and outdoor sports apparel manufacturer in patent infringement litigation regarding heat-directing technology.Novo Transforma Technologies, LLC v. Southern Communications Services, Inc. D/B/A SouthernLINC Wireless, District of Delaware, Case No. 1:13-cv-00746-RGA: defense of wireless communication carrier in patent infringement litigation. Case successfully resolved prior to filing answer.
  • Selex Communications, Inc. v. Google Inc. and Google Voice Inc., Northern District of Georgia, Case No. 1:09-cv-02927-TWT: defense of telecommunications service provider in patent infringement litigation regarding call routing software. Case resolved on summary judgment following successful Markman hearing.
  • Daramic, LLC, et al. v. Entek International LLC, Western District of North Carolina, Case No. 3:11-cv-676-FDW: litigation on behalf of defendant in patent infringement action involving extrusion of polymeric materials. Case successfully resolved following Markman
  • Seirus Innovative Accessories, Inc. v. Cabela’s, Inc., et al., Southern District of California, Case No. 09-cv-00102-H: patent and trade dress infringement litigation regarding cold weather and outdoor apparel. Case settled while on appeal before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Case Nos. 2012-1162, -1210, -1213.
  • Baseball Quick, LLC v. MLB Advanced Media L.P., Southern District of New York, Case No. 1:11-cv-1735-TPG: patent infringement litigation regarding business method for producing condensed recorded baseball games.
  • Hudson Surgical Design Inc. v. Biomet Inc., Northern District of Indiana, Case No. 3:10-cv-465-PPS: defense of patent infringement action involving orthopedic surgical instrumentation.
  • Karl Storz Endoscopy America Inc. v. Integrated Medical Systems Int’l, Inc., Northern District of Alabama, Case No. 2:12-cv-2716-KOB: defense of patent infringement action involving medical devices.
  • Birmingham, et al. v. Mizuno USA, Inc., Northern District of New York, Case No. 5:09-cv-566: defense of trademark litigation on behalf of sporting goods manufacturer. Case settled following favorable summary judgment ruling.
  • Dollar General Corp. v. Fred’s, Inc., Middle District of Tennessee, Case No. 3:10-cv-232: trademark and trade dress litigation involving convenience store branding and signage. Case successfully resolved following filing of complaint.

  • J.D., William and Mary Law School
  • M.S., Engineering Mechanics, Old Dominion University
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Old Dominion University
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • State Bar of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (Registered Patent Attorney)
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers