Paul M. Schoenhard is a highly skilled trial and appellate litigator representing clients in US district courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC), the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and various US Courts of Appeals. He has managed high-profile intellectual property disputes involving patents, trademarks, trade dress and unfair competition claims from inception through trial and/or settlement, including serving as lead counsel at trial and in appeals to the Federal and Ninth Circuits.

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  • Serving as lead counsel for Next Caller Inc. adverse to TRUSTID in multiple co-pending patent, trade secret and false advertising disputes relating to caller authentication technology. Successfully invalidated of several of TRUSTID’s asserted patent claims in PTAB proceedings, obtained Federal Circuit decision vacating final written decision that had found unpatentable claims owned by Next Caller, and obtained partial summary judgment on TRUSTID’s false advertising claims (TRUSTID, Inc. v. Next Caller, Inc.)
  • Representing Orthopaedic Hospital d/b/a Orthopaedic Institute for Children in a five-patent case against DJO Global relating to ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) for use in joint implants (Orthopaedic Hospital v. DJO Global, et al.)
  • Serving as lead counsel for Regal Logistics adverse to Softketeers in software dispute involving copyright and trade secret claims. Successfully obtained partial summary judgment on breach of contract claims and counterclaims, and obtained Ninth Circuit decision remanding preliminary injunction bond issue (Softketeers, Inc. v. Regal West Corp.)
  • Representing Humvee®-maker AM General LLC in a trademark and trade dress infringement lawsuit against Activision related to its Call of Duty® video game franchise (AM General LLC v. Activision Blizzard Inc. et al.)

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  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2018 to 2019
  • Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000, The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, United States DC Metro Area, 2016 to 2020
  • The Legal 500 US, 2017 to 2021
  • Benchmark Litigation, 40 & Under Hot List, 2018 and 2019


Harvard Law School, JD, 2003
Dartmouth College, BA Mathematics and Computer Science, magna cum laude, 2000

District of Columbia

Courts / Agencies
Supreme Court of the United States
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

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Paul M. Schoenhard

Insights & Events / Media

Intellectual Property Magazine / December 2019/January 2020

Intellectual Property Magazine / December 2018

Washington, District of Columbia / Speaking Engagements / March 23, 2017