Overview

Paul Thompson is a Boston intellectual property, cybersecurity, and data privacy attorney. Mr. Thompson concentrates his practice on intellectual property (IP) licensing and development, patent law, data privacy and security, and information technology (IT). His practice also includes IP diligence for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as well as the resolution of disputes over intellectual property rights through litigation. Furthermore, Mr. Thompson writes about topics pertaining to data privacy and security.

Licensing and Transactions

Mr. Thompson drafts and negotiates agreements and advises client on a diverse range of IP and IT matters. Such agreements include those for software and technology development and licensing, cloud computing, master services agreements, trademark licensing and sales, and non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). In addition, Mr. Thompson also assists clients in intellectual property matters arising in mergers and acquisitions, such as performing IP and IT due diligence, negotiating IP and IT provisions of merger agreements and transition service agreements, and advising clients on associated risks.

Data Strategy, Security and Privacy

Mr. Thompson advises clients on best practices in data privacy and data security. Such representations include advising clients on information security policies, website privacy policies, and assisting clients in responding to security incidents. He also has experience in helping clients comply with applicable privacy law. Such representations include working with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), New York's Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies (NY-CRFSC), the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography And Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act of 2003, state privacy laws, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Mr. Thompson also assists clients in data privacy and security matters arising in mergers and acquisitions, such as performing data privacy and data security due diligence, negotiating data privacy and data security provisions of merger agreements, and advising clients on associated risks.

Community Involvement and Background

Mr. Thompson also provides pro bono assistance to clients. Such representations have included representing tenants in housing dispute matters, representing a client in a construction litigation matter, and assisting a veteran in obtaining service-connected disability benefits related to military sexual trauma.

During law school, Mr. Thompson served as an associate editor on the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal. He was also a student tutor and a teaching assistant for torts. Prior to law school, Mr. Thompson studied Engineer-Physics during which time he conducted research on the denaturing effects of UV light on collagen and served as the founder and first president of the Fordham University Robotics Club.

Credentials

Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Fordham University, B.S., Engineering Physics and Theology
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Massachusetts
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Memberships
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Boston Patent Law Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight PCS Pro Bono All-Star, 2017-2019
  • Ruth Whitehead Whaley Scholar, Fordham University School of Law
  • Dean's List, Fordham University

Publications