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.