Paul M. Rivard

Paul M. Rivard


Washington, DC

Main: (202) 824-3000 Fax: (202) 824-3001


For more than 20 years, Paul has been strategically and successfully protecting his clients’ intellectual property. He focuses his practice on IP counseling and patent prosecution, with a keen eye toward understanding and fostering his clients’ business objectives.

Paul represents clients ranging in size from startups to Fortune 100 companies in patent matters, primarily in the chemical and pharmaceutical arts.  He helps clients develop and maintain patent portfolios, and prepares product clearance, infringement, and validity opinions, and technology transfer agreements. He has prosecuted patent applications globally and counsels clients on a variety of IP issues.

Leveraging experience gained as a former patent examiner and his exceptional knowledge of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office practices, Paul assists clients through all phases of patent prosecution. He has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in a variety of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, organic and inorganic chemistry, packaging, chemical manufacturing, fiber-reinforced thermoplastics, ink compositions, and agricultural sciences.  A significant and increasing portion of his practice involves representing patent owners and challengers in post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and in appeals to the nation’s federal courts.

Among his other professional accomplishments, Paul has played and continues to play a vital role in developing and prosecuting a patent portfolio for a startup pharmaceutical company for a groundbreaking small molecule immunometabolic regulator, for which human clinical trials are planned in diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and frailty. Paul is the longstanding chair of the firm’s Prosecution Policies and Procedures Committee, where he takes an active role in shaping internal workflows and keeping Banner Witcoff on the cutting edge of technological infrastructure to support the firm’s thriving prosecution practice.

  • Clarkson University
    1992, B.S., Chemical Engineering
  • Catholic University
    1998, J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • 1998, Virginia
  • 1999, District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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