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Paul J. Cronin

T: 617.439.2292
F: 617.310.9292

Paul J. Cronin is a partner in Nutter’s Litigation and Intellectual Property Departments and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice group. His practice focuses on trial work in cases involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyright disputes. Clients rely on his counsel with respect to the licensing and procurement of intellectual property rights, due diligence studies, and product clearances.

Paul’s work on high-profile patent infringement cases has led to favorable jury verdicts and settlements. He has successfully handled cases in a wide range of technologies, including: 

  • Computer hardware and software
  • Anti-piracy technology
  • Weapons technology
  • Bioprocess systems
  • Automatic voice recognition
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Injection molding systems
  • Consumer products

Notable Experience and Client Impact

  • A small software company’s patented anti-piracy software was being used by a large software company without permission. A suit was filed and, after a successful appeal, the case proceeded to trial. During trial, Paul was the lead attorney on the issue of damages. Based on evidence Paul presented at trial, the jury awarded $388,000,000 in damages to his client.
  • A Fortune 500 client was sued for patent infringement by an aggressive and well-established non-practicing entity. Requested to join the defense team by his colleagues, Paul’s guidance and leadership resulted in a favorable settlement for his client well before trial.
  • In a high-profile trial for patent infringement damages, Paul took the lead in crafting a damages theory that valued the benefit of the defendant’s infringing use of the patented technology. Using an analytical damages approach, and introducing key evidence at trial, Paul successfully presented $1.2 billion in damages to the jury. Shortly thereafter the case settled favorably to his client.
  • A client was sued for patent infringement by a competitor. Paul led the defense and obtained a favorable “walk away” settlement for his client well before trial.
  • A client’s patented device was copied by a foreign competitor, and the infringing devices were imported and sold in the United States. A suit was filed and, under Paul’s leadership, the client obtained a permanent injunction against importation of the infringing devices.

Prior to joining Nutter, Paul was a principal at an intellectual property litigation boutique firm in Boston. He also practiced for a number of years as a litigation partner at a large international firm in Boston. Earlier in his career, he served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, where he led bench and jury trials as a criminal prosecutor.

Paul is an active member of the community and has been recognized for his work coaching youth sports.