Rajiv Patel chairs the firm’s Patent Group. With clients, he also often serves in the role of defacto in-house patent counsel for many of these companies as he manages patent strategy, portfolio development, patent prosecution and patent pre-litigation counseling roles for them. He also has served as a temporary in-house patent counsel for six-months for a Fortune-500 electronics company managing their large patent portfolio.
Rajiv has extensive patent dispute experience. He has led numerous ex parte and inter parte reexamination and inter parte review (IPR) proceedings (representing third-parties and patent owners) that have crossed over with district court patent litigation. Amongst his experiences has been defense of Amazon’s one-click patent in reexamination.
Rajiv was a former Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and is a program chair for Practising Law Institute patent programs such as Advanced Patent Prosecution Seminar and Post Grant Proceedings Seminar.
Rajiv has been recognized as a Northern California "Super Lawyer" in the area of Intellectual Property each year since 2006. From 2012 to 2014, Intellectual Asset Management magazine named him to the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. The Daily Journal named Rajiv as one of the "Top Intellectual Property Attorneys" of 2014 and 2015.
In his spare time Rajiv enjoys coaching his kids' soccer and baseball teams, family camping trips and following his favorite childhood sports teams – New York Giants, New York Mets, and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights as well as his kids' favorite teams – San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks and Golden State Warriors.