Paul L. Hickman

Paul L. Hickman, A.B., B.S.E.E., M.A., J.D. founded TIPS Group in 2006. His legal specialties include patent, trademark and copyright law, entertainment law and intellectual property litigation. He obtained his A.B. from Stanford University, his B.S.E.E. from San Jose State University, his M.A. from Cogswell Polytechnical College, and his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. Mr. Hickman served as President of Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association (SVIPLA) from 2002‑2003, was an Adjunct Professor of IP Law at Peninsula University School of Law from 1986‑1999, was an Instructor of IP Law at Santa Clara University Institute for Paralegal Studies from 1987‑1998 and became of faculty member of CPVA in 2011.

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Entertainment Law
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubbell, 1999-2016
  • “Northern California Super Lawyer,” Thomson Reuters, 2005-2016
  • “Top Patent Prosecutor,” Patent Research Review
  • “Top Lawyer in California,” American Lawyer Media

  • Speaker, “Patents: What Are They? What Are They Good For?,” Carbon3D, Inc. Friday Speaker Series (Redwood City, California, February 19, 2016)
  • Speaker, “Going Down the Rabbit Hole After Alice: Overcoming Section 101 Rejections,” TIPS Group Brown Bag MCLE Seminar (Palo Alto, California, September 24, 2015)
  • Speaker, “How to Pitch Your Startup,” The Got Startup Meetup Group (Palo Alto, California, September 24, 2015)
  • Speaker, “Entertainment Law in the Filmmaking Industry,” TIPS Group Brown Bag MCLE Seminar (Palo Alto, California, August 18, 2015)
  • Speaker, “Cover Your Assets,” The Got Startup Meetup Group (Palo Alto, California, June 25, 2015)
  • Speaker, “Entertainment Law for Movie Makers,” The Got Movie Meetup Group(Palo Alto, California, June 24, 2015)
  • Speaker, “Patent Portfolio Valuation Techniques,” Advanced Patent Valuation (BDA Webinar, Oct. 2014)
  • Speaker, “Intellectual Property for Startups,” Cogswell College FastTrac® Program (Sunnyvale, California, June 2014)
  • Speaker, “Intellectual Property for Startups,” Cogswell College FastTrac® Program (Sunnyvale, California, Apr. 2014)
  • Speaker, “Patent Portfolio Valuation Techniques,” Advanced Patent Valuation (BDA Webinar, 2013)
  • Speaker, “Intellectual Property for Technology Startups,” San Jose State University (San Jose, California, 2013)
  • Speaker, “Intellectual Property Law in Cuba,” TIPS Group Brown Bag MCLE Seminar (Palo Alto, California, 2012)
  • Speaker, “Objective and Subjective Criteria for Screening Patent Portfolios for Value Using USPTO Records,” Advanced Patent Valuation (BDA Webinar, 2012)
  • Speaker, “Objective Criteria for Screening Patent Portfolios for Value,” TIPS Group Brown Bag MCLE Seminar (Palo Alto, California, 2012)
  • Speaker, “Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs and Innovators,” Cogswell College (Sunnyvale, California, 2012)
  • Speaker, “IP 4 EE (Intellectual Property for Electrical Engineers)” San Jose State Chapter of the IEEE (San Jose, California, 2012)
  • Speaker, “Analysis of USPTO Records for Patent Claim Scope, Validity & Enforceability,” Advanced Patent Valuation (BDA Webinar, 2012)
  • Speaker, “Protecting Creative Ideas,” Cogswell College Entrepreneurship Forum (Sunnyvale, California, 2012)
  • Speaker, “Analysis of USPTO Records for Patent Claim Scope, Validity & Enforceability,” Advanced Patent Valuation (BDA Webinar, 2011)
  • Speaker, “Patents: What are they Good For?.” Corporate Retreat Presentation, (Sunnyvale, California, 2011)
  • Speaker, “Protecting Your Idea,” San Jose State University College of Business Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship, (San Jose, California, 2010)
  • Speaker, “Patentable Subject Matter in the United States,” (Milan, Italy, 2010)
  • Speaker, “Current Patent Law Issues for the U.S. Supreme Court,” Intellectual Property Law Section of the Chicago Bar Association (Chicago, 2006)
  • Speaker, “What the Federal Circuit Would Like to See in Litigated Patents,” District of Columbia Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section (Washington D.C., 2005)
  • Speaker, “Drafting and Prosecuting Patents in a Changing Patent Environment,” 2005 Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute, Co-Sponsored by the Intellectual Property Section of the Colorado Bar Association and the ABA Section on Science & Technology (Denver, Colorado, 2005)
  • Speaker, “Patent Procurement Techniques for Maximizing Claim Scope and Enforceability,” Washington State Patent Law Association and Oregon Patent Law Association Joint Meeting (Stevenson, Washington, 2005)
  • Speaker, “Procuring Enforceable Patents per CAFC Guidelines,” Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association (Palo Alto, California, 2005)
  • Speaker, “Writing and Prosecuting U.S. Patent Applications in the 21st Century,” (Sidney, Australia, 2004)
  • Speaker, “Software Patents in the U.S.,” (Munich, Germany, 2002)
  • Speaker, “U.S. Inventor Notebook Practice for Foreign Inventors,” (Milan, Italy, 2001)
  • Speaker, “U.S. Patent Prosecution Techniques,” (Taipei, Taiwan, 2000)
  • Speaker, “U.S. Patent Law Update,” (Tokyo, Japan, 1999)
  • Speaker, “Understanding the Intellectual Property License,” Practicing Law Institute (San Francisco, California, 1998)
  • Book Chapter, “The Patent and Technology License,” Understanding the Intellectual Property License, Practicing Law Institute, © 1998
  • Speaker, “Understanding the Intellectual Property License,” Practicing Law Institute (San Francisco, California, 1997)
  • Speaker, “Introduction to Intellectual Property,” PASCO (Palo Alto, California, 1997)
  • Book Chapter, “The Patent and Technology License,” Understanding the Intellectual Property License, Practicing Law Institute, © 1997
  • Speaker, “Will There Be Publication of U.S. Patent Applications After January, 1996?” Peninsula Intellectual Property Law Association (Santa Clara, California, 1996)
  • Speaker and Moderator, “The U.S. Patent System and the CAFC,” World Intellectual Property and Trade Forum (Tokyo, Japan, 1992)
  • Speaker, “Revisiting the Means-Plus-Function Claim,” World Intellectual Property and Trade Forum (Palo Alto, California, 1990)
  • Speaker, “Understanding Patents,” Sunnyvale Patent Information Clearinghouse (Sunnyvale, California, 1984)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • California Supreme Court
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court(s) in California, Texas and the District of Columbia
  • USPTO