Before rejoining Gilbert's LLP, Paul served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of the 3D scanning start-up Matter and Form Inc. Paul has spoken on law and emerging technologies for IPIC, AIPLA, AMPPI, INTA, and the USPTO. Paul's 3D printing and scanning law blog, Law in the Making, was featured in the March/April 2014 issue of Landslide, the intellectual property magazine of the American Bar Association. Paul's practice includes high tech IP litigation, emerging technologies and entertainment law.

Paul has also had a successful career as a musician. Paul's band, The Rural Alberta Advantage, has received two Juno nominations, a CBC Music Award, the Galaxie Rising Star Award, played the Coachella Music Festival, and continues to appear on Billboard sales and radio charts. Paul's music has been featured in numerous publications including Spin, NME, Playboy Magazine, and The New York Times.


University of Toronto, Faculty of Law

J.D., 2011

University of Toronto

B.A. (Economics and Political Science), 2002

Selected Presentations and Publications


  • Paul Banwatt and Laura Robinson, "Dispatches from the Front Lines of 3D Copyright", Intellectual Property Journal (Osgoode) 28 (2015)
  • Paul Banwatt, "The 3D Printing Law Blog", 6 LANDSLIDE 46 (2014)


  • “Copyright and Useful Articles”, 2018 Michael Best Law and Technology Symposium, Raleigh N.C. (Oct. 25, 2018)
  • “Use it and Lose it? Views from the U.S. and Canada on 3D Shapes, Usefulness and IP Protection”, IPIC, Webinar, Toronto ON (Mar. 29, 2018)
  • “The Intersection of Trademark Law and 3D Printing” (Panel), USPTO, IP and 3D Printing Conference, Washington D.C. (June 28, 2016)
  • “New Frontiers for International Intellectual Property Law in the Fourth Industrial Revolution” (Panel), CIGI, Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Toronto ON (Mar. 22, 2016)
  • “Intellectual Property and 3D Technology”, AMPPI, 5°Evento Internacional AMPPI 2016, AMPPI, Guadalajara MX (Mar. 3, 2016)
  • "Users and Abusers - Features of Winning and Losing Strategies to Balance Public Interest with Respect for 3D IP Rights", AIPLA, Annual Meeting 2015, Washington D.C. (Oct. 22, 2015)
  • "3D Printing and IP: Novel Issues and Massive Opportunities", IPIC, 89th Annual Meeting, Banff AB (Oct. 16, 2015)
  • "Copies, Counterfeits and Progress: How Tools for 3D Creation and Duplication Create New Legal Challenges for Trademark Rights-Holders and Technological Pioneers", INTA, 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing: Cutting-Edge IP and Business Implications, New York NY (Mar. 11, 2015)
  • "The Future is Here - An In-Depth Examination of 3D Printing and Scanning", Toronto Intellectual Property Group, Toronto ON (Apr. 23, 2014)


Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2012

New York, 2013


Council Member

City of Toronto Music Industry Advisory Council

Board Member

Long Winter Music and Arts Festival