Paul was a key contributor in opening the firm’s Kelowna office and his practice focuses on helping clients develop and commercialize their technologies. An engineering and technology lawyer, he has over 25 years’ experience overseeing capital and technology investment in the energy industry and digital and big data technology sector, practicing in the fields of intellectual property; engineering, procurement and construction; strategic sourcing and privacy and data security. He is also well versed in engineering design, procurement, project management, planning and execution, innovation capture and protection.
Paul has extensive experience working with and advising entrepreneurs, start-ups, emerging and growth companies, and large publicly traded companies. He is a collaborative dealmaker who approaches sophisticated development opportunities by formulating the strategy, and balancing the interdependencies of business, technology and law. Paul also devotes significant time to organizations in the BC start-up community, including Accelerate Okanagan, and entrepreneurship@UBCO.
Paul has significant experience designing, building and leading legal teams in new, complex practice areas such as major projects and technology.
Due to his specific skill set and extensive experience, Paul was called upon as an expert witness to provide advice or opinions in court on intellectual property matters, including infringements. In the patent infringement action, Maoz Betser-Zilevitch v. PetroChina Canada Ltd., Paul acted as an expert and provided an opinion on appropriate licensing royalties for the Defendant, PetroChina. Justice Manson of the Federal Court of Canada dismissed the patent infringement action, and while the issue of what royalties did not need to be determined, cited “the evidence of the Defendant’s experts would have been preferred in considering a royalty basis for the damages calculations.”