Paul H. Belnap practices in the area of intellectual property law. Mr. Belnap prosecutes patent applications before the United State Patent and Trademark Office and assists clients in the acquisition of U.S. and foreign patent rights in diverse technologies such as telecommunications, cloud computing, distributed computing, financial transactions, software, medical devices, electric power converters, mechanical actuators and lighting. He assists with trademark applications, due diligence reviews of patents and trademarks, patent and trademark searches and the drafting and analyzing of intellectual property licenses. Additionally, Mr. Belnap assists attorneys in a variety of post-grant proceedings before the USPTO, including technical analysis of prior art in connection with inter partes reviews.

Mr. Belnap further assists attorneys with complex intellectual property litigation involving varied technologies such as telecommunications, computer networking, cloud computing, product packaging and medical devices. In support of patent litigation, Mr. Belnap draws on a diverse set of skills, including technical knowledge from his mechanical engineering and physics background and hands-on experience as a former naval nuclear engineer.

Mr. Belnap further assists in the prosecution of patent and trademark applications before the United State Patent and Trademark Office. Additionally, he assists in a variety of post-grant review proceedings before the USPTO. 

Prior to joining Duane Morris, Mr. Belnap served as a nuclear engineering officer onboard the submarine USS Georgia.  He later served as the Deputy Director of Nuclear Officer Recruiting for the U.S. Navy in Millington, TN.

Mr. Belnap is a 2018 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center.  He graduated, with Distinction, from the United States Naval Academy (B.S., Mechanical Engineering).  He is also a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School (M.S., Applied Physics).

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Virginia

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2018
  • Naval Postgraduate School, M.S., Applied Physics, 2007
  • United States Naval Academy, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2006

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Associate, 2018-present
    - Patent Agent, 2014-2018

  • United States Navy
    - Submarine Officer, 2006-2013