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Background

Paul Western is an Associate in the Twin Cities office of Fish & Richardson. He is an experienced intellectual property attorney who focuses on patent preparation, prosecution, and strategic IP portfolio management. His clients range from small and mid-size companies to larger, global corporations. Mr. Western counsels clients on best practices for developing strong patents and valuable IP assets domestically and internationally and also regularly conducts patentability, freedom-to-operate, product clearance, due diligence, infringement, and invalidity analyses on their behalf. The focus of his technical expertise is largely in medical devices, mechanical technologies, and software/smart wireless devices. He has substantial experience with medical devices in the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, minimally-invasive surgery, and extracorporeal blood processing space.

Prior to joining Fish, Mr. Western was a Product Manager and Project Engineer with 3M Company, and later, a General Manager of Manufacturing with Terumo Cardiovascular. He also has extensive patent experience from his time with the University of Michigan Office of Technology Transfer.

Education

J.D., University of Michigan Law School 2011


B.S., North Dakota State University 1984
Mechanical Engineering

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2010
  • Minnesota 2012

Memberships & Affiliations

​Minnesota Bar Association (MSBA)