Paul Schoenhard



Mr. Schoenhard is currently Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP, where his practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, with an active pro bono practice in the field of veterans affairs. He has experience in federal district courts across the country, the United States International Trade Commission, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Mr. Schoenhard's research focuses on the institutional role of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; the Court's efforts to develop the law in several unique and diverse areas, including patent law, international trade law and veterans affairs; and the Court's relationships with the tribunals it reviews, the regional circuit courts and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is frequently asked to speak on patent law, veterans law, and matters relating to practice and procedure at the Federal Circuit and the International Trade Commission.

He has taught courses on intellectual property as a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law. And he served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.



Areas of Specialization

  • Intellectual Property
  • Military Law

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Harvard Law School 2003
  • B.A., Dartmouth College 2000

  • + Selected Publications

    • Paul Schoenhard, Should Foreign Sales Figure in Domestic Damages?, Natl. L.J. , at S8 (Jan. 21, 2008).
    • Paul Schoenhard, Reconceptualizing Inventive Conception: Strengthening, Not Abandoning the First-to-Invent System, 17 Fed. Cir. B.J. 567 (2008).
    • Paul Schoenhard, A Three-Dimensional Approach to the Public-Private Distinction, 2008 Utah L. Rev. 635 (2008).
    • Paul Schoenhard, Who Took My IP?: Defending the Availability of Injunctive Relief in Patent Cases, 16 Tex. Intell. Prop. L.J. 187 (2008).
    • Paul Schoenhard, Commercial Speech, in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (David S. Tanenhaus, ed., MacMillan Reference USA 2008).
    • Paul Schoenhard, Reversing the Reversal Rate: Using Real Property Principles to Guide Federal Circuit Patent Jurisprudence, 17 Fordham Intell. Prop., Media & Ent. L.J. 299 (2007).
    • Paul Schoenhard, No Trespassing: The Supreme Court Should Buttress Patent Owners’ Right to Refuse, Leg. Times , 42 (May 8, 2006).
    • Paul Schoenhard, Judging Trial Judges, Intell. Prop. L. & Bus. , 22 (Mar. 2006).
    • Paul Schoenhard, Why Marks Have Power Beyond the Rights Conferred: The Conflation of Trademarks and Service Marks, 87 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Socy. 970 (2005).