Sujit Kotwal focuses on strategic counseling and patent portfolio development, with an emphasis on software and computer-related technologies. With more than 20 years of patent experience, Mr. Kotwal has counseled a diverse set of clients including individual inventors, start-ups, mid- and large-sized companies, including Fortune 500 companies. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Kotwal served as the co-team leader of Kilpatrick Townsend's Electronics and Software Practice, one of the largest patent prosecution practice groups in the United States.
Mr. Kotwal helps his clients build value by developing strategic patent portfolios, with an emphasis on U.S. and international patent prosecution in software and computer-related technologies. Over the years, he has worked with and handled a broad spectrum of technologies including technologies related to networking architectures and protocols, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), big data processing and analysis, streams and complex events processing (CEP), social networking systems, multimedia and image processing, computer graphics and animation, access control and identity management, user experience/interfaces (UX/UI), IoT/E technologies, business intelligence (BI) solutions, database systems, storage technologies, Internet-related technologies, bioinformatics, and others.
Mr. Kotwal is adept at quickly developing a deep understanding of his client’s technology and developing patent portfolios with a view towards achieving the client’s business and market goals. He makes the entire patent prosecution process a smooth and rewarding experience for the engineers and technologists he works with. He has extensive experience managing teams of patent attorneys and agents – consistently delivering high-quality products for his clients. His clients entrust Mr. Kotwal with their most strategic and complex technologies.
Mr. Kotwal is also experienced in preparing patent non-infringement and validity opinions, performing due diligence studies, and handling reexamination and reissue proceedings before the U.S. Patent Office for his clients. Mr. Kotwal has also been involved in various stages of patent litigation. Multiple patents prosecuted by Mr. Kotwal have been asserted, resulting in favorable judgments for his clients. Prior to joining the legal profession, Mr. Kotwal worked as a software engineer/architect in Silicon Valley for five years. Mr. Kotwal still considers himself a techie-at-heart.
Mr. Kotwal was named a top patent practitioner in 2019 by IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Practitioners.
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Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D. (1997)
Santa Clara University, B.S., Computer Engineering
cum laude, Tau Beta Pi, Upsilon Pi Epsilon
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1998)
American Bar Association
San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association
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