- Chambers USA consistently ranks Rajiv as a top lawyer for patent prosecution, a recognition he most recently received in 2020
- Rajiv is an advisory board member and former board of trustees member of the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law
For 20+ years, Rajiv has advised tech and life sciences clients on key transactions, patent portfolio development, litigation, and IP audits and due diligence.
Rajiv has more than two decades of experience advising companies on setting business-focused intellectual property strategies. In providing guidance, Rajiv starts with understanding a company’s business strategy relative to its industry and long-term direction. With that foundational insight, Rajiv works with the company to identify key innovations that drive its business strategy and helps to frame an appropriate IP strategy so his client can articulate a sound IP story to customers, investors and potential acquirers.
For almost 25 years, Rajiv has advised Silicon Valley companies at all stages of growth—from just-founded startups to mature companies seeking to establish, redirect or reset their IP strategy. He developed early IP strategies and patent portfolios for numerous technology and life sciences companies such as Airship, Airbnb, Chime, GoPro, Groq, Merck, reMarkable, Twitter and Venmo. He has served as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 tech company where he managed outside counsel and a budget for protecting over 1000 patent assets. He also advises companies on IP acquisition and divestitures, restructuring IP portfolios in a wide range of technology fields, and asserting and defending patents involved in patent litigation and contested proceedings.
Rajiv also has practical industry experience. Prior to law, Rajiv was an engineer for IBM. He has been recognized by the California Daily Journal as a top 25 IP Portfolio Manager in California. He also has been recognized for his skills by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), Chambers USA, Managing Intellectual Property, Best Lawyers and Northern California Super Lawyers. Rajiv was an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He is an Advisory Board member and former Board of Trustees member for the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
In his spare time, Rajiv enjoys hiking, backpacking and camping with his family. He also follows his favorite childhood sports teams—the New York Giants, New York Mets and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights as well as his local favorite teams—the San Francisco Giants, Oakland A’s, San Jose Sharks, San Francisco 49ers and Golden State Warriors.
Representative IP Experience
Patent Strategy and Portfolio Development
- Served as in-house patent counsel role for large electronics industry company; managed portfolio and budget and directed outside counsel
- Created patent strategy and developing patent portfolio for $500+ million product line for a peripherals company
- Restructured existing portfolio of 100+ patents for a devices company to align patent portfolio with redirected business strategy
- Created patent strategy and advised on patent portfolio for over $750,000 for an online auction company
- Led IP audit for Fortune 500 communication company’s IP in wireless technology and advised on IP issues in context of tax framework
- Led IP audit for electronic gaming company and developed IP management structure for company
- Led analysis of essentiality for Voice Over IP (VOIP) patent pools
- Nomadix v. Hewlett-Packard Company et al. - patent litigation involving internet protocol network redirection
- Reunion.com and GoodContacts v. Plaxo - patent litigation involving social media and contact management technology
- Akamai Technologies v. Speedera Networks - patent litigation involving internet content delivery services
- Planet Bingo v. GameTech International - patent litigation involving casino-style games on electronic devices
- GameTech International v. Bettina - patent litigation involving electronic gaming
- SanDisk v. Lexar Media - patent litigation involving flash memory consumer products
- ICTV v. Worldgate Communications - advised on patent litigation strategy in interactive television market
- District Court litigation and Patent Office litigation crossover matters – advised on and led ex parte and inter partes reexamination and inter partes review proceedings in litigation context; led Amazon 1-click patent reexamination defense
Representative Teaching Experience
- Program Co-Chair, ITechLaw India Conference 2009 – 2012
- Program Chair, Practising Law Institute course on "Advanced Patent Prosecution"
- Program Chair, Practising Law Institute course on "Reexamination and Patent Litigation Crossover Proceedings"
- Faculty Member, Practising Law Institute courses on "Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution," and "Patent Law for the Non-Specialist"
- Adjunct Professor of Law at University of California, Hastings College of the Law
- “Eighteen Months Later: How Bilski has Impacted Process Patents,” Fenwick & West, 2011
- “Seven Sins – IP Mistakes Technology Start Ups Should Avoid,” Fenwick & West, 2010
- “Developing a Patent Strategy - A Checklist for Getting Started,” Fenwick & West, 2003 – 2008
- “International Patent Strategy,” Fenwick & West, 2006 – 2007
- “An Introduction to U.S. Patent Prosecution,” Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution, Practising Law Institute, 2005 – 2008
- “Challenging (or Strengthening) Patents in the U.S. Using Patent Reexamination,” ITechLaw Association Asian Conference, Mumbai, India, 2008
- “Patent Reexamination and the Crossover with Litigation,” Practising Law Institute, 2007 – 2008
- “Software Escrows as Part of an Intellectual Property Strategy,” ITechLaw Association First Asian Conference, Bangalore, India, 2005
- “Underutilized Patent Reexaminations Can Improve Business Strategy,” Daily Journal, April 19, 2004
- “Software Outsourcing Offshore – Business and Legal Issues Checklist,” SHG Software 2004 Conference, 2004
- “A Strategic Look at the Final Rejection,” Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop, Practising Law Institute, 2003 – 2006
- “The Intellectual Property Audit,” Building and Enforcing Intellectual Property Value, An International Guide for the Boardroom, 2003, Published by Globe White Page, 2002
- “Patent Portfolio Strategy for Start-Up Companies: A Primer,” Patent Strategy and Management, November 2002
- “Potent Portfolio,” Daily Journal, December 15, 2000
- "Own Idea," Daily Journal, January 15, 1999
- "Disclose Lite," Daily Journal, March 21, 1997
- Board Advisor, University of New Hampshire School of Law
- Life Member, South Asian Bar Association
- Board Member (past), ITechLaw Association
- Orbital Insight
“Rajiv Patel is ‘very knowledgeable, responsive and thinks about what helps the client most,’ according to commentators. He is ‘highly experienced in advising technology and life sciences clients on IP strategy, patent transactions and litigation.’”
Professional Achievements & Activities
Education & Admissions
J.D. and M.IP., University of New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce School of Law
B.S., with high honors, Electrical Engineering
Admitted to practice in California
Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office