Paul Keller

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

New York
United States
T:+1 212 318 3212
New York
United States
T:+1 212 318 3212
Paul Keller

Paul Keller



Paul, an IP litigator, heads our New York Intellectual Property Disputes Group. He has vast experience handling a variety of technologies, but his key technical focuses are in the automotive industry, specifically the autonomous vehicle (AV) field, and the FinTech space (distributed ledger, smart contract and crypto-currency technologies).

Autonomous vehicles. Paul Co-Heads the Autonomous Vehicle International Business Group. This multi-practice AV team handles the regulatory, cybersecurity, intellectual property, insurance and corporate issues in this rapidly changing field. In addition to hosting the firm's monthly AV podcast, Lane Change, and his various speaking engagements and publications in this space (most notably the Firm's annual White Paper on Autonomous Vehicles), Paul has handled matters involving the following automotive-related technologies:

  • Camera and image processing
  • Out of lane detection systems
  • GPS systems
  • IoT communications
  • Regenerative braking
  • Batteries 

Some of Paul's other notable automotive experiences include representing:

  • a leading automotive manufacturer on issues relating to a joint venture on platooning technology;
  • a major car-maker on the global regulatory landscape of autonomous vehicles; and
  • a technology company on issues concerning the Californian and Michigan self-driving car laws.

FinTech. In addition to Paul's AV focus, he has a considerable amount of experience with Financial Technology ("FinTech") issues, most notably distributed ledger, smart contract and crypto-currency technologies. Paul has handled numerous patent and trade secret related matters in these fields and the financial industry generally. In addition to his client work, Paul also has published extensively in this field and handled matters involving the following technologies:

  • IoT use cases
  • Digital identity
  • Electronic check processing
  • Encryption technologies
  • Networked settlement systems
  • Automated payment systems
  • DLT use specific programs
  • Compression/de-compression technologies

Paul's FinTech work includes representing:

  • a major bank on issues relating to hacking/fraud detection systems;
  • a significant financial institution on issues relating to IP ownership and work with consortia; and
  • a start-up company on matters relating to open source license agreements.

Professional experience

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JD, with honors, Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1997
BA, Economics, Fordham University, 1994

  • New York State Bar
  • Editor, Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board, Law360, 2019
  • Board of Editors, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & the Law, 2017 - 2019
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, intellectual property litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2012 - 2019
  • Legal 500 US, recommended lawyer, Intellectual property - Patent litigation: full coverage, The Legal 500, 2016, 2018-2019
  • Legal 500 US, recommended lawyer, Advertising and marketing: litigation, The Legal 500, 2019

In addition to Paul's widely published articles on AV legal issues and legal trends, Paul hosts Lane Change, a podcast dedicated to autonomous vehicles. Some of his recent podcasts include:

Paul's recent publications include:


US legal update for European businesses: Blockchain litigation

Webinar | October 03, 2019

Top Tech Trends from ATX Spring Festival

Webinar | Various dates to choose from

The journal of robotics, artificial intelligence and law

Publication | November - December 2018

Autonomous vehicles, volume 3

Publication | September 14, 2018