Ravi defends high tech and life sciences companies in high-stakes litigation, with a focus on patent and licensing disputes. He has represented companies in a variety of technologies including cloud computing, natural language processing, machine learning, cryptography, telecommunications, database management and business intelligence, e-commerce, and software and hardware design. Ravi has been recognized as a Rising Star in Northern California by Super Lawyers since 2019.
While Ravi strives to provide clients with strategies for early dispute resolution, he has substantial experience with all aspects of litigation, including summary judgment, trial and appeal. He has defended clients in jurisdictions throughout the country, including the Northern District of California, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, District of Delaware and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Ravi has also represented clients in Section 337 investigations instituted by the U.S. International Trade Commission. In 2017, Ravi served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jon S. Tigar of the Northern District of California.
Ravi also has an active pro bono practice. He served on a team that helped secure a preliminary injunction forcing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to provide an inmate a medically necessary diet. Ravi was recognized for his contributions on this case (Pineida v. Lee, et al.) with the 2015 Outstanding Volunteer award from the Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Ravi has also represented clients in asylum proceedings and secured multiple permanent restraining orders on behalf of victims of domestic abuse.
While attending law school, Ravi served as an extern for the Honorable Judge Charles R. Breyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and as a legal intern for Cisco Systems.
- Innovation Sciences v. Amazon (E.D. Tex.): Ravi served on a trial team that successfully secured a defense verdict of non-infringement and invalidity, including a rare jury verdict relating to patent ineligibility, for defendant Amazon in the Eastern District of Texas. Ravi helped prepare summary judgment briefing and post-trial briefs, prepare critical fact and expert witnesses for trial, argued motions in limine and jury instruction disputes, and prepared trial demonstratives.
- Amazon v. PersonalWeb (N.D. Cal.): Ravi represented Amazon and more than 80 of its customers in a multidistrict litigation against plaintiff PersonalWeb. Ravi was the primary drafter on briefs that resulted in two different summary judgment orders in Amazon’s favor, including one that resulted in a precedential Federal Circuit opinion relating to claim preclusion and the Kessler doctrine. Ravi also deposed the plaintiff’s corporate representative and prepared briefing that led to an award of attorneys’ fees.
- LendingTree v. Zillow (W.D.N.C.): Ravi served on the trial team that successfully secured a defense verdict for defendants Zillow and Adchemy in the Western District of North Carolina against competitor LendingTree. After a five-week trial, the jury found that Zillow and Adchemy did not infringe the asserted patents and the patents were invalid. LendingTree appealed and Ravi helped prepare Zillow’s briefing in the appeal. The Federal Circuit not only affirmed the jury’s verdict of non-infringement and invalidity of the asserted claims for improper inventorship, but in response to Zillow’s cross appeal, found the asserted claims to be patent-ineligible under Section 101.
- Affinity Labs of Texas v. Amazon, et al. (W.D. Tex.): Ravi represented Amazon and helped secure judgment of patent invalidity for failure to claim eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C.§101. By winning judgment on the pleadings, Amazon was able to avoid costly discovery and an accelerated case schedule typical in that district. Ravi also took a leading role in preparing the responsive appeal brief, which led to the Federal Circuit affirming the district court’s judgment on the pleadings of Section 101 invalidity in a precedential opinion.
- In the Matter of Certain Biometric Scanning Devices, USITC Inv. No. 337-TA-720: Ravi served on the trial team representing a Korean manufacturer of fingerprint detection devices in an investigation pending before the ITC. Ravi helped prepare extensive pre- and post-trial briefing and several rounds of briefing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The matter is widely recognized for raising novel issues relating to the scope of the ITC’s authority to issue exclusion orders where the underlying violation was based on a finding of induced infringement. The issue was eventually decided by a 6-4 vote of the Federal Circuit sitting en banc.
Education & Admissions
J.D., magna cum laude
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
B.A., with high honors, Economics
University of California, Berkeley
Phi Beta Kappa
B.S., with high distinction in general scholarship, Business Administration
University of California, Berkeley
Admitted to practice in California
Admitted to practice before all District Courts in California, the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit