Dr. J. Paul Norton is an associate in Workman Nydegger’s patent prosecution group. He holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Utah, where he gained extensive experience with the function of the mammalian immune system and teasing apart the genetic and molecular bases for microbial pathogenesis. Dr. Norton’s research has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, and he has also presented his research as an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences.

Dr. Norton complements his institutional knowledge of biotechnology and life sciences gained during his time in academia with experience in the software and the electronic arts, having founded and operated two technology-based start-ups. He leverages this unique set of knowledge and experience to serve clients’ intellectual property needs in the biotechnology/medical/chemical space as well as in the software and electronic media industry. Dr. Norton has worked with clients on patents that fuse software and hardware components with advancements in biotechnology and medicine in addition to working with clients in areas that focus on products, systems, and methods related to medical imaging, DNA collection devices, microscopy and optics, natural scaffolds for wound healing, pathology diagnostic equipment, surgical devices, PCR technologies, vaccine development, and pharmaceutical drug delivery systems and therapeutics.


  • U.S. and International Patent Prosecution
  • U.S. Trademark Prosecution
  • Licensing and other Transactional Work
  • Client Counseling
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Patentability Opinions
  • Biotechnology, Biochemical, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, and Life Sciences
  • Medical/Surgical Devices, Drug Delivery Systems and Therapeutics, Mechanical Devices, Software Systems, Internet Technologies, and E-Commerce Technologies


  • J.D., J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, 2016
  • Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology, University of Utah, 2013
  • B.A., Mathematics and Statistics, Miami University, 2008
  • B.A., Microbiology, Miami University, 2008


  • Utah State Bar
  • Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Community Involvement

Community Involvement
  • President, BYU Law Chapter, Student Intellectual Property Law Association (SIPLA), 2015-2016


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

Lindsey Gifford


  • 3 years at Workman Nydegger
  • 5 years legal experience


  • B.S., Health Society and Policy, University of Utah

Contact Information
Email lgifford@wnlaw.com
Phone 801-533-9800