Paul C. Filon

  • Areas of Practice

    • Business
    • Intellectual Property

I am a registered patent attorney. My clients range from domestic and international companies to individual inventors and authors. I am there for clients from idea formation through product development, commercialization and beyond.


I handle issues involving all aspects of intellectual property such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing and the Internet. Navigating the complex bureaucracies of the United States Patent and Trademark, and the United States Copyright Offices, often leaves businesses and inventors feeling frustrated. It is my job to alleviate this stress by advocating for my clients to achieve the best possible protections for their ideas and inventions at the best possible value.


I encourage clients to seek my advice at the very beginning of the creative process. This allows us to develop a strategy to mitigate the risk of the numerous complex and expensive issues that frequently arise during the course of protecting intellectual property. Because I am a business attorney with a technological background, I understand your inventive concept and will protect all aspects of your intellectual property and brand.


  • Experience
      • Focuses on intellectual property and business law
      • Has experience in preparing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications, brand protection, copyrights, intellectual property infringement analysis, markman hearings, licensing, contract drafting, nondisclosure agreements, litigation support, media and Internet law issues, mergers and acquisitions and nonprofit law
      • Works with clients and inventors, both domestic and international, to develop patents focusing in the areas of mechanical devices, medical and surgical devices, chemical compounds, automotive improvements, aircraft components, industrial machinery, RFID technology, electronics and circuit components, sports equipment, software and business methods, along with many other technologies
      • Shift commander for with the Strongsville Fire Department, chemistry specialist for regional hazardous materials team and bomb squad
      • Prior to joining Buckingham, worked as a law clerk for the Honorable John Adams in the Northern District of Ohio
  • Education & Admissions
      • University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio (J.D., cum laude, 2009)
        • Akron Law Intellectual Property Law Certification Program
        • Executive Editor Akron Law Review
      • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (B.A., 1993)
    • Admissions
      • Ohio Bar
      • Registered Patent Attorney with the U.S.P.T.O.
      • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Awards & Honors
      • Selected for inclusion in Ohio’s Super Lawyers® – (2018), as voted by peers
      • Saul K. Lefkowitz Moot Court Completion Award winner and best brief for trademark law
  • Professional & Civic Involvement
      • President: Tuesday Musical Association
      • Member: University of Akron Law School Liaison Committee
      • President: Walsh Jesuit High School Alumni Association
      • Volunteer: Guardianship Project, Summit County Probate Court
      • Ohio Supreme Court New Attorney Mentor
    • Associations
      • Member: Akron Bar Association
        • Membership Committee
        • Diversity Committee
      • Member: American Bar Association
      • Member: Ohio State Bar Association
  • Presentations & Publications
    • <strong>Presentations:</strong> <ul> <li>"Best Practices for Non-Profit Board Members, (2017)</li> <li>"Legal Aspects in Hazardous Materials Response," IAFC Conference (2015)</li> <li>"HIPPA &amp; Media Law Concerns," (2014)</li> <li>"IP Law for Startups," (2012)</li> <li>“Five Hot Topics in Intellectual Property,” Breakfast with Buckingham (2011)</li> </ul> <strong>Publications:</strong> <ul> <li>Beware the Dangers of Cut and Paste (2017)</li> <li>Hiring Third Party Developers (2017)</li> <li>"<a href=";utm_source=ccl-akronmorning&amp;utm_campaign=ccl-akronmorning-20160606">What new federal laws mean for trade secret owners</a>" <em>Crain's Cleveland Business</em> (2016)</li> <li>Quoted in "<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Legal Tools Help Artists Protect Their Work</a>," <em>Akron Legal News</em> (2015)</li> <li>“Patent Reform in Here,” <em>Properties Magazine</em> (2011)</li> </ul>