Sunjeev Sikand is an IP attorney who works with clients to develop IP protection to protect their businesses. Sunjeev takes great pride in understanding his clients’ businesses and providing services that ultimately improve his clients’ market position and achieve business goals. As a trusted advisor and counselor, Sunjeev’s aim is to provide high quality legal services to clients by providing personal attention to each matter and leveraging his experience.
With a decade of IP experience and a broad technical background, Sunjeev represents clients in the electronics, computer, automotive, medical device, and nuclear industries. His current clients develop technologies as diverse as lighting control systems, automotive seals, bone-tendon-bone allografts, and nuclear fuel.
Sunjeev focuses his practice on IP counseling, prosecution, litigation, and transactions. Sunjeev helps his clients with a variety of legal issues, including:
With a hybrid of patent prosecution and litigation experience, Sunjeev is uniquely positioned to counsel his clients on how to build strong patent portfolios and prosecute patent applications with an eye towards enforcement. Sunjeev has drafted over 100 original U.S. patent applications and prosecuted several hundred U.S. and foreign applications.
As a litigator, Sunjeev drafts summary judgment motions, claim construction briefs, and discovery related motions. He takes and defends both fact and expert witness depositions in both high stakes competitor cases and litigation involving non-practicing entities.
Sunjeev recognizes that litigation is not a business goal, but rather a tool for achieving a business goal. For example, as recently reported in the Washington Post, Sunjeev and his colleagues at RatnerPrestia secured a preliminary injunction for a client. Sunjeev and the RatnerPrestia team then leveraged the preliminary injunction win to resolve a dispute over the ownership rights to a restaurant chain and related intellectual property.
Sunjeev is currently a vice chair of the U.S. Patent Office Practice Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association. He frequently publishes articles in IP Law360 and is often quoted in IP Law360 on hot IP topics.
Before his legal career, Sunjeev gained practical computer industry experience by working at L-3 Titan Group (now CACI) as an engineer for several years. While at L-3 Titan Group, he wrote software in the Java and Perl programming languages. During his undergraduate and graduate years, he was a teaching assistant for a course in compiler construction.
|VA||Authorized to Practice Law||1970||09/21/2020|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star, Intellectual Property Law and Litigation||Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers||2019|
|Rising Star, Intellectual Property Law and Litigation||Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine||2018|
|Rising Star, Intellectual Property Law and Litigation||Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine||2017|
|Outstanding Committee of the Year Award||Intellectual Property Owners Association||2017|
|Rising Star, Intellectual Property Law and Litigation||Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine||2016|
|Rising Star, Intellectual Property Law and Litigation||Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|CALI Award in International Protection of Intellectual Property||CALI||2007|
|Second Place, Annual Writing Competition in Law||FoxKiser||2007|
|IP Attorney, Shareholder||Ratner Prestia||2014 - Present|
|Associate||McKenna Long & Aldridge||2009 - 2014|
|Associate||Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear||2006 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Intellectual Property Owners Association||Vice Chair of the U.S. Patent Office Practice Committee||2015 - Present|
|Intellectual Property Owners Association||Member of the Section 101 Legislation Task Force||2015 - Present|
|Intellectual Property Owners Association||Member of the Software and Business Methods Committee||2014 - 2015|
|Intellectual Property Owners Association||Member of the Software and Business Methods Commitee||2008 - 2009|
|American Intellectual Property Law Association||Member of the Electronic and Computer Law Committee||2007 - 2009|
|The Legal Intelligencer||Practical Pointers for Computer-Implemented Functions Under Section 112||2019|
|Portfolio Media (Law360)||USPTO Power Outage Concerns Could Have Some Teeth||2016|
|Portfolio Media (Law360)||USPTO Calls for Clearer Alice Rejections, Aiding Applicants||2016|
|Portfolio Media (Law360)||Merits of an XML-Based Invention Disclosure Standard||2015|
|Portfolio Media (Law360)||Federal Circuit Remand Shows Nautilus May Have Little Impact||2015|
|Intellectual Property Owners Association||Comments on USPTO’s Proposed Patent Fee Adjustments||2015|
|Intellectual Property Owners Assocation||Comments on July 2015 Update on Subject Matter Eligibility||2015|
|Intellectual Property Owners Association||Comments on Domestic and International Issues Related to Privileged Communications Between Patent Practitioners and Their Clients||2015|
|Intellectual Property Owners Association||Comments on Section 101 Interim Eligibility Guidance||2015|
|Portfolio Media (Law360)||Wave of USPTO Alice Rejections Has Cos. Tweaking Strategies||2015|
|Portfolio Media (Law360)||3 Pros and 7 Cons of USPTO’s Section 101 Guidance Update||2015|
|The Legal Intelligencer||Potential Consequences for Patent Challengers Filing with the PTAB||2015|
|Intellectual Property Today||Strategies for Obtaining a Stay of Litigation Pending Post-Grant Proceedings||2015|
|Intellectual Property Owners Association||Comments on Enhancing Patent Quality||2015|
|Intellectual Property Today||Takeaways from ''Alice'' and the Supreme Court's Rejection of ''Settlement Risk Mitigation'' Patents||2014|
|Portfolio Media (Law360)||Federal Circuit May Fill in Blanks on New Indefiniteness Rule||2014|
|Portfolio Media (Law360)||PTAB Adopts Dueling Evidentiary Standards||2014|
|Portfolio Media (Law360)||Navigating Terms of Degree Post-Nautilus||2014|
|Georgetown University Law Center||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|
|University of California - San Diego||MS - Master of Science||2003|
|University of California - San Diego||BS - Bachelor of Science||2002|
|IPO Annual Meeting||Alice and the 101 Wonderland||2017|
|United States Patent and Trademark Office||Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable 1||2016|
|International Conference for Management of Technology||Value of IP for Academic and Research Institutions||2016|
|IPO Annual Meeting||USPTO's July 2015 Update to Patent Act Section 101 Eligibility Guidance||2015|
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