Paul Spiel focuses on intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent prosecution, strategic counseling, and IP management in the chemical, mechanical, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical fields. Paul has extensive experience with patent prosecution strategies and procedures and is an attorney in our Seattle office.
Prior to joining the firm Paul worked as a patent examiner at the USPTO for approximately 3 years. During his time at the USPTO he examined patents related to plastic shaping and molding with a particular emphasis in additive manufacturing technologies. As of his departure with the USPTO he was affirmed in four out of five appeals with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Paul has exceptional experience in condensing complex ideas and identifying the state of the art. Approximately 65% of his first office actions as an examiner were 35 USC 102 rejections. Prior to working at the USPTO Paul worked as a patent attorney at a law firm in Germany and gained experience managing international patent portfolios for clients.
Paul obtained a B.S. in chemistry magna cum laude with a minor in biology. Paul later received a M.S. in chemistry from the University of Missouri where he taught general chemistry and conducted research in the field of supramolecular chemistry in a prominent research group. He attended law school at BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School and participated on the BYU Law Review Board as a lead note and comment editor.
USPTO Examiner and Extern Experience
USPTO Patent Examiner, 2019-2022
USPTO Extern, 2016
Cocrystallization of C-Propyl Pyrogallolarene and the Pharmaceutical Gabapentin, J. CHEMICAL CRYSTALLOGRAPHY (Oct. 2018).
Deceptive Patents: Deconstructing Juicy Whip, 2017 BYU L. REV. 743 (2018).
Express Employee Patent Assignments, 99 J. PAT. & TRADEMARK OFF. SOC’Y 79 (2017).