Karthik Kumar, Ph.D., has broad experience in patent litigation and strategic counseling in the electrical arts. He has argued at Markman hearings, directed and cross examined trial witnesses, and second-chaired Federal Circuit appeals. He also manages the global patent portfolios of several multi-national technology companies.
Karthik represents clients in both offensive and defensive litigation at the trial and appellate levels, with particular experience in investigations before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and standards-essential patent cases in federal district courts. He has worked on more than 40 ITC investigations, district court cases, and IPR proceedings.
He has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation, including worldwide discovery efforts, motion practice, claim construction, conducting depositions, expert reports, examining witnesses, and trial-related briefing. Karthik has also represented petitioners and patent owners in adversarial post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
In his counseling practice, Karthik manages teams of attorneys, technical specialists, and other professionals to execute client-specific patent portfolio development strategies. He manages more than 750 active patent prosecution matters. He has personally drafted hundreds of patent applications, and numerous patentability, validity, infringement, and freedom-to-operate opinions.
Karthik’s practice covers many technology areas, including computer networking, consumer electronics, data storage and software solutions, financial services, jet engines, laser technologies, mobile applications, optical discs, optical fiber technologies, semiconductor assemblies, telecommunications, textiles, video gaming technologies, and wireless networks.
Karthik serves as the treasurer of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills in the area of intellectual property.
He is a voting member of the Emerging Technologies Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, a trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Karthik currently also serves on Finnegan’s associate advisory committee, advising the firm’s management on issues of importance to the firm’s associates and staff professionals.
Before working in patent law, Karthik was a researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, where he developed optical micro-endoscope technologies licensed to a startup company that was acquired for $25 million. He is a co-inventor of eight U.S. patents, and has authored or coauthored numerous scientific articles in peer-reviewed publications.
- George Washington University Law School J.D., cum laude, 2014
- University of Texas, Austin Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2009
- University of Madras, India B. Eng., Electronics and Communication Engineering, with distinction, 2003
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Limited Recognition Status
Professional Activities :
- Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court (treasurer, 2017-present; assistant secretary/treasurer, 2016-2017; historian, 2015-2016)
- Intellectual Property Owners Association (Emerging Technologies Committee)
- PTAB Bar Association
- South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C.
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