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Paul J. Skiermont


aul Skiermont is a trial lawyer with a national litigation and inter partes review practice. Paul represents companies large and small in litigation involving complex science and technology, including pharmaceuticals and other life sciences, telecommunications, aerospace, speech recognition and consumer electronics. Paul is currently lead trial counsel for the patent owner and exclusive licensee in a patent infringement lawsuit in which Apple’s Siri personal assistant is the instrumentality accused of infringing a natural language processing patent owned by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Intellectual Asset Management 2015—an industry guide that identifies the top patent practitioners in key jurisdictions around the globe—ranks Paul as one of the Top 12 IP litigation attorneys in Texas, and highlights his “brilliant litigation instinct.”

Skiermont Derby LLP was recognized by the online legal news service Law360 as one of ten national boutique practices “that have established brands on par with the biggest firms” and are “capable of competing with — and beating — the best big firms at the highest level.”

The firm’s IAM profile, based on independent research and interviews with patent attorneys worldwide, notes that the firm is involved in “some of the most challenging technology altercations going, due to its ability to decode elaborate technical concepts, and package – and deliver – arguments in a way that juries find convincing.”

Prior to founding his own firm, Paul was a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott, a nationally renowned litigation boutique known for its success in high-stakes cases. He represented Pratt & Whitney and prevailed in an alleged multi-billion dollar patent infringement lawsuit over the engines that power the A380 superjumbo aircraft, and also represented Bayer in its successful defense of the landmark antitrust class action involving the antibiotic Cipro.

Representative Matters

Speaking Engagements, Presentations, and Publications

Featured Speaker, "The role of patents and intellectual property in speech technology and business decisions"; AVIOS Voice Search Conference, 2009

Featured Speaker, "Crafting Value-Based Alternative Fees that are Practical and Profitable"; C4CM Conference, 2011

Panelist, "Exploring Advancements in Strategies for Alternative Fee Arrangements and Value-Based Fee Structure"; Managing Legal Costs Symposium, 2012

Panelist, "Perspectives on the Utility of Third Party Financing in Today's Legal Economy"; Commercial Litigation Funding & Investment Conference, 2011 & 2012

Featured Speaker, “IP 101: Keeping Your Business Treasures Safe”; Entrepreneurial Development Network, 2012

Featured Speaker, “Footprints in the Marketplace: Patent Enforcement Strategies to Maximize Value”; ICAP Patent Brokerage/Ocean Tomo Summit on IP Strategy, 2012

Awards & Accolades

  • Selected to the list of Texas Super Lawyers (2018) [In addition, his IAM Patent 1000 recognition dates can be updated to (2014-2018)]
  • All upper-echelon IP litigators are smart, diligent, outstanding communicators; but what makes Paul Skiermont exceptional is his brilliant litigation instinct. On occasion, sudden developments in cases warrant tossing out the typical lawyer playbook. Paul can process so much information in real time that he executes new moves at just the right time. As well as being a star on his feet, he prepares well by diving deep into the technology, which he often knows as well as, if not better than, the technical experts. He knows the law cold and is an amazing writer; his prose is lucid, his tutorials superb and his use of pictographic material helps to breathe life into the inventor’s story.

    – IAM 1000
  • Twice Awarded First Place Speaker at National Debate Tournament (NDT); one of only three people to win the award twice since the NDT began in 1947
  • Named in IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practictioners – Patent Litigation (2014)
  • Named a “Life Sciences Star – Patent Litigation” by Life Sciences/Managing IP (2012, 2013)
  • Named a Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers (2012, 2013)

  • Named a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers (2010, 2011)
  • 1601 Elm Street, Suite 4400, Dallas, Texas 75201
  • 214.978.6600
  • 800 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1450
    Los Angeles, California 90017
  • 213.788.4500
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