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Paul Sykes

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Alabama, USA
    Local Time: Monday 13:28

Practice Expertise

  • Copyrights
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Emerging Growth Companies
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Areas of Practice

  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Copyrights
  • Emerging Growth Companies
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property and Competitive ...
  • International and Cross Border
  • Patents and Patent Litigation
  • Technology Transactions
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademarks
  • View More

Profile

Paul Sykes represents businesses and individuals in a wide variety of intellectual property and technology-related legal matters. As a member of both the Intellectual Property and Competitive Practices and the Litigation practice groups, Paul counsels clients in the acquisition, licensing and protection of intellectual property rights, and he litigates those rights in the state and federal courts. Paul has been peer-selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® and Mid-South Super Lawyers in Intellectual Property Law. Birmingham Magazine has also listed him as a “Top Attorney” for Intellectual Property.

Paul focuses his practice on patent, copyright, trademark, unfair competition, and trade secret litigation. As a former computer engineer, he understands technology and how to use it for the benefit of the client. As a registered patent attorney, Paul prepares and prosecutes patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He also counsels clients generally in the areas of copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. He previously served as president of the Intellectual Property Section of the Alabama State Bar.

Paul has handled patent infringement matters, for both plaintiffs and defendants, involving technology as diverse as telecommunications equipment, fishing lures, automated teller machines, football pads, wireless networking equipment, muzzle loading firearms, microprocessors, automated bark control collars, injection molding processes, lenticular images, mops and brooms, spun concrete utility poles, and telephony software.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1998

Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1998, magna cum laude; Chancellor's Scholar
  • Auburn University, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1992, summa cum laude; Vulcan Materials Presidential Honors Scholarship

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Copyrights
  • Emerging Growth Companies
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property and Competitive Practices Litigation
  • International and Cross Border
  • Patents and Patent Litigation
  • Technology Transactions
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademarks

Blogs

Declassified

The Declassified blog offers commentary and insights on the latest class action suits, significant class action opinions, relevant changes to laws and rules, and important class action trends. Declassified covers topics ranging from significant Supreme Court and appellate court decisions regarding class certification requirements to proposed or enacted legislation, rules and regulations that impact class action litigation to key industry developments that may indirectly impact class action...

It Pays to Be Covered

Bradley's It Pays to Be Covered Blog discusses insurance law developments and industry trends in property and casualty insurance, including the growing cyber insurance market, coverage for drones, and blockchain exposures. We also address practical risk management strategies of interest to risk managers, legal staff, and corporate officers and directors responsible for property and casualty insurance policy portfolios, claims management, and resolution. Our attorneys provide insights based on...

Patent 213

Patent law, like most things in life, is subject to change. Changes to patent laws not only impact investment in your existing IP, but directly shape strategies to protect your freedom to operate. The Patent 213 blog provides up-to-date, insightful analysis of the evolution in the written description and enablement requirements of 35 USC 112 and the subject matter eligibility requirements of 35 USC 101. The Patent 213 blog analyzes key decisions from the district courts and the Federal Circuit,...

The Law of Order

Bradley’s The Law of Order blog serves as a general parliamentary procedure resource, providing information about creation and revision of governing documents (constitutions, bylaws, or rules), application of Robert’s Rules of Order and other procedural authorities in a variety of contexts (such as nonprofits, political parties, homeowners associations, unions, churches, trade associations), and leadership of any type of organizational meeting. In an effort to make all things parliamentary more...

Underwritten

Underwritten covers topics related to life, health, disability and long-term care insurance. Our team of experienced attorneys and authors offers insight on the issues insurers face as they seek to serve their policyholders and to mitigate risk. The blog covers significant court decisions, regulatory actions, ERISA updates, NAIC activity, cybersecurity issues and any other matters that could have an impact on the insurance industry.

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