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Paul Horstmann

Of Counsel

Mr. Horstmann is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to practice law in the state of California. He has extensive experience writing and prosecuting hardware and software patents. His areas of expertise include processor architectures, computer system architecture, memory technologies, semiconductor processing, databases, cloud computing, cloud networks, object-oriented programming, video systems, communication systems, cyber security, and mobile apps.

Mr. Horstmann earned his J.D. from the University of San Diego. He studied international and comparative law in Paris and European Union law in London. During his time in London, Mr. Horstmann worked for a British patent firm at the Inns of Court, where he performed patent and trademark prosecution and assisted barristers with trade secret litigation.

After law school, Mr. Horstmann was an associate with the firms of Fliesler, Dubb, Meyer & Lovejoy in San Francisco and Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zafman in Sunnyvale. Prior to joining our firm Mr. Horstmann was in solo practice.

Mr. Horstmann earned his Master of Science, Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University. His post-graduate thesis set forth methods for applying knowledge of animal neurophysiology to problems in artificial intelligence, including creating a computer capable of understanding human speech. Prior to law school, Mr. Horstmann designed and programmed multispectral imaging systems for the Department of Defense, designed and programmed communication systems for computer graphics workstations, wrote word processing applications, and designed and coded database applications for a variety of businesses.


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  • State Bar of California
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • New Mexico State University, M.S., Electrical Engineering
  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D.

Practice Areas

  • Patent Prosecution and Counseling
  • Trademark Prosecution and Counseling
  • Strategic Patenting
  • Patent Portfolio Development
  • Patent Harvesting