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About Paul

Paul E. Franz is a principal in the Atlanta office of Fish & Richardson P.C. Mr. Franz provides patent counseling services for a wide variety of clients ranging in size from individual inventors to large companies.  He has developed patent portfolios for startup companies, and also manages complex patent portfolios for large companies.  His law practice also encompasses non-infringement and invalidity opinions, due diligence, licensing, and export controls.  Mr. Franz’s technology areas include the electrical and mechanical engineering arts and software technology areas, with an emphasis on: computer architecture; machine learning; user interfaces; speech and handwriting recognition; search engines; application indexing; parallel computing; operating systems; cloud computing; virtual machines; location-bases services; e-commerce; databases; and advertising.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Franz was an electrical engineer for the U.S. Department of the Navy for eight years. During this time, Mr. Franz was involved in the certification and testing of digital sonar systems and Tomahawk fire control systems. Mr. Franz is also a licensed professional engineer in Washington.

NICE Systems, Inc. & NICE Systems, LTD. v. Witness Systems, Inc. Case No. 1:06-cv-00311 (D. Del) – Patent infringement action involving 10 patents related to call monitoring and recording systems.

Sony Corp., et al. v. Eastman Kodak Co., Civ. A. No. 04-CV-3193 (N.J. 2004) – Patent infringement action involving 24 patents for film cameras and photographic film processing.

Hand Held Products, Inc., et al. v. Symbol Technologies, Inc., et al., Civ. A. No. 04-3 (E.D. Va. 2004) – Patent infringement action on four patents for scanners and imaging; settlement reached after successfully dismissing patents out of Delaware and defeating a motion to transfer from Virginia.

Symbol Technologies, Inc., et al. v. Hand Held Product, Inc., et al., Civ. A. No. 03-103 (SLR) (D. Del. 2003) – Patent infringement action on 12 patents and declaratory judgment on 36 other patents for scanners and imaging; settlement reached after successfully dismissing patents out of Delaware and defeating a motion to transfer from Virginia.

Technology Licensing Corp. v. Gennum Corp., No. 3:01-CV-4024-RS (N.D. Cal. 2002) – Patent infringement case on two patents related to video synchronization separators; successfully precluded damages expert from proffering testimony pursuant to Daubert motion.

Tanashin Denki Co., Ltd. v. Thomson Multimedia Inc., et al., IP99-C-0836-Y/K (S.D. Ind. 1999) – Patent infringement case involving five patents on cassette tape decks; jury verdict: patents valid and infringed.

Centillion Data Systems, Inc. v. Ameritech Corp., et al., IP98-C-1748 -Y/F (S.D. Ind. 1998) – Patent infringement action involving two patents on telecommunication billing; case administratively closed pending bankruptcy proceeding.

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Education

J.D. magna cum laude, Seattle University School of Law (1999)


B.S., Electrical Engineering, North Dakota State University (1990)

Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2000
  • Georgia 2006
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
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