Our Firm

Pauly, DeVries Smith & Deffner works to help clients build successful, innovative enterprises. Our mission is to assist businesses in identifying, protecting, and benefiting from their innovations.

Building strong relationships is central to our mission.  We strive to learn as much as possible about each client's business and expectations.  Our goal is to understand the business realities that our clients face and to offer legal services that fit within that context.

Our professionals are highly skilled, both technically and legally. Our expertise spans all technical disciplines.  Many of our attorneys hold advanced degrees in technical fields. We offer proven experience in obtaining strong patent protection for technologies ranging from mechanical devices and chemistry to software and electronics.

Our legal services start with obtaining and using the fundamental tools of IP protection, including patents, copyright and trade secret rights, and extend through portfolio management and contested matters.

We also help our clients successfully navigate third party intellectual property rights starting with a proactive approach to monitoring the rights of third parties. We also facilitate cooperative efforts with third parties through licensing and business development agreements.

Since our founding, we have always maintained an emphasis on delivering intellectual property services with an uncommon degree of business acumen and practicality.