Paul Beattie

Adjunct Professor


Paul Beattie is an experienced trial lawyer with over 65 victories and a 90% success rate in trials and commercial arbitrations. He has taken or defended over 300 depositions. Mr. Beattie's practice  focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patent, plant patent, design patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, non-compete, and licensing cases. Mr. Beattie also represents clients in other types of civil litigation, including breach of contract, partnership dissolution, and tort cases. He also drafts licenses, non-compete agreements, and other documents and provides strategic business counseling. Mr. Beattie's strengths include strong writing abilities (with over 60 successful dispositive motions), extensive first chair experience, and an ability to explain difficult concepts and technologies to juries.

Prior to joining Merchant & Gould, Mr. Beattie worked as an intellectual property litigator at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, a Northwest regional law firm. Earlier in his career, Mr. Beattie worked at Foley & Lardner in Chicago, Illinois. Immediately after law school at the University of Michigan, he clerked for the Honorable Jacques L. Wiener of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. During law school, he was nominated for the Stanfield Scholarship and the Book Award for Legal Writing and Advocacy. He also taught Legal Research & Writing at the William Mitchell College of Law. Mr. Beattie currently teaches various aspects of intellectual property litigation as an Adjunct Professor at the Seattle University School of Law.

Before practicing law, Mr. Beattie served as a Marine Corps Infantryman, graduating first in his platoon from Infantry Training School. He also taught immunology at the University of Chicago. Mr. Beattie represents U.S. service personnel at discounted rates.


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  • B.A. with honors, University of Chicago, 1986
  • J.D. with honors, University of Michigan School of Law, 1993


  • Biotechnology and the Law