Paul M. Rivard
Paul M. Rivard has extensive experience in counseling in intellectual property matters and in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the chemical and pharmaceutical arts. His practice focuses on developing and managing worldwide patent portfolios with a view toward meeting his clients’ business objectives. Representative technologies include plastics and polymer chemistry, molding and coating technologies, chemical manufacturing, packaging materials, pharmaceuticals, ceramics, composite materials, and agricultural sciences.
Paul handles all phases of patent practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including ex parte prosecution, reissue applications, reexamination proceedings, as well as ex parte appeals and contested matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Recently he successfully defended a patent owner in ex parte reexaminations that had been requested by a patent infringement-defendant. The reexamination decisions were favorably cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit when it reversed a jury verdict of invalidity in the concurrent litigation.
Mr. Rivard also is experienced in preparing technology transfer agreements and has represented clients in intellectual property litigation before the U.S. District Courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Paul is active in the American Bar Association, having authored amicus curiae briefs for the ABA in patent cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including KSR v. Teleflex. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a Patent Examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined applications in the chemical arts. Paul earned a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Catholic University in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.
Mr. Rivard practices in the Washington, DC office of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.