Sunjeev S. Sikand is an intellectual property attorney with RatnerPrestia and Vice Chair of the U.S. Patent Office Practice Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association.¬† Super Lawyers magazine has recognized Mr. Sikand as a ‚ÄúRising Star‚ÄĚ in the area of intellectual property law.¬† As an extensive writer on intellectual property law, Mr. Sikand has published numerous articles in IP Law360 and Intellectual Property Today and has been quoted in IP Law360 on the impact of patent cases.
Mr. Sikand focuses his practice on patent counseling, prosecution, and adversarial proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.¬† He has drafted over 100 patent applications for U.S. clients, prosecuted several hundred U.S. and foreign utility applications, and provided opinions of counsel on non-infringement and invalidity issues. ¬†Mr. Sikand possesses extensive experience developing patent portfolios and performing due diligence investigations. ¬†As part of his counseling work, Mr. Sikand has assisted clients on matters concerning freedom to operate, patentability, and open source software compliance.
During his career, Mr. Sikand has handled both ex parte and inter partes reexamination proceedings before the U.S. Patent Office. ¬†He has also advised clients in contested matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, including covered business method, post-grant, and inter partes reviews.
In addition to his prosecution and counseling work, Mr. Sikand has a broad background in litigation before federal district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission.¬† As a litigator, Mr. Sikand has drafted summary judgment motions, claim construction briefs, and discovery related motions. ¬†He has taken and defended both fact and expert witness depositions in both high stakes competitor cases and litigation involving non-practicing entities. ¬†In connection with his litigation experience, Mr. Sikand regularly advises clients on federal court and Patent Office litigation strategies and handles settlement negotiations.
Mr. Sikand works primarily with clients in the electronics, computer, and software industries. ¬†His technical expertise extends to financial methods, computer networks and telecommunications, data warehousing and mining, e-commerce, software and hardware testing, audio and video processing, and digital signal processing. ¬†In addition, he has counseled and litigated on behalf of clients on a variety of technologies, including lighting systems, optics, plasma and liquid crystal displays, medical devices, home appliances, and sporting goods.
Mr. Sikand received his J.D. from Georgetown University. ¬†During law school, he received a CALI Award in International Protection of Intellectual Property and Dean‚Äôs List honors. ¬†Mr. Sikand also placed second in the Fox Kiser Annual Writing Competition in Law, Science, and Medicine for his paper titled ‚Äú180-Day Generic Exclusivity: Closing the Parking and Authorized Generic Loopholes.‚ÄĚ
Before his legal career, Mr. Sikand gained practical computer industry experience by working at L-3 Titan Group 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.