- Chambers USA consistently ranks Rajiv as a top lawyer for patent prosecution, a recognition he most recently received in 2022
- The Legal 500 regularly recognizes Rajiv as a leading lawyer for patents prosecution, a recognition he most recently received in 2022
- Managing IP shortlisted Rajiv for Practitioner of the Year in the Patent Prosecution category in 2022
- Rajiv is an advisory board member and former board of trustees member of the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law
For 25+ 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 25 years of experience in Silicon Valley advising companies on setting holistic business-focused intellectual property (IP) 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.
Rajiv has advised technology and life sciences 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 companies such as Airship, Airbnb, Bloomcloud360, Druva, GoPro, Groq, Material Security, Merck, reMarkable, Synopsys, Twitter, Valimail and Venmo. He has served in an in-house counsel role for a tech company where he managed outside counsel and a budget for protecting over 1000 patent assets. He also advises companies on IP acquisitions and divestitures, restructuring IP portfolios, and navigating standards bodies, as well as 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 was also 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. Under Rajiv’s leadership, Fenwick earned recognition as Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year by Managing IP (2022 & 2021). He has also been recognized by the Daily Journal as a top 25 IP Portfolio Manager in California and repeatedly recognized by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Best Lawyers and Northern California Super Lawyers. Rajiv is admitted to the State Bar of California and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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.
Patent Strategy and Portfolio Development
- Served as in-house IP counsel for electronics company and technology focused construction company
- 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
Patent IP Transactions
- Led IP audit for Fortune 500 communication company’s intellectual property in wireless technology and advised on IP issues in context of tax framework
- Conducted numerous IP due diligence projects for high-technology investments by venture capital companies and for targets and acquirers in mergers and acquisitions
- Led standards body patent pool analysis for Voice over IP (VoIP) involving ITU-T G.729, G.722, G.723, AMR-WB and AMR-NB standards
- Supercell v. Gree: Led defense of selected inter partes review proceedings in games industry
- Shinmax Industry Co., Ltd. v. Wahuda LLC: patent litigation and parallel reexamination proceeding involving construction tools
- Lancium LLC v. Layer1 Technologies, Inc.: patent litigation involving blockchain technology
- 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
- Led Amazon 1-click patent reexamination defense
- Guest Lecturer on IP Strategy for Business at Stanford University School of Engineering, University of Washington Foster School of Business, and University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law
- Adjunct Professor of Law at University of California, Hastings College of the Law
- Program Chair, Practising Law Institute course on "Advanced Patent Prosecution"
- Program Chair, Practising Law Institute course on "Reexamination and Patent Litigation Crossover Proceedings"
- “Eighteen Months Later: How Bilski has Impacted Process Patents,” 2011
- “Seven Sins – IP Mistakes Technology Start Ups Should Avoid,” 2010
- “Developing a Patent Strategy - A Checklist for Getting Started,” 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
- Board Advisor, University of New Hampshire School of Law
- Life Member, South Asian Bar Association
- Board Member (past), ITechLaw Association
- Compound Labs
- Material Security
- Merck IT
- 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