Nirav N. Desai is a director in the Sterne Kessler’s Trial & Appellate and Electronics Practice Groups. Nirav focuses on patent litigation and counseling clients in general intellectual property strategy. He is lead counsel in district court litigation matters around the country, with a focus on electronics and software and pharmaceutical litigation under the Hatch Waxman framework. Nirav has been involved in matters before district courts, appellate courts, the Patent Trial and Appeals Board, and the US International Trade Commission in Section 337 actions.
At William and Mary Law School, Nirav was a member of the William and Mary Law Review and was selected as a State Scholar. He also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable James E. Bradberry, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia and as a student law clerk at Earle Hale and Associates for two years while in law school. Nirav earned his undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where he also undertook pre-medical studies.
Prior to attending law school, Nirav worked for Noblis, Inc. (formerly Mitretek Systems) as a senior technical lead in their Center for Criminal Justice Technology. At Noblis, Nirav served as a software engineer and systems analyst in the area of biometric information systems for various government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI. He specialized in software development for fingerprint matcher subsystems, developing front-end latent fingerprint matcher software for use on a variety of back-end automated fingerprint identification system platforms.
- Super Lawyers, "Rising Star - Washington, DC" (2017-2014)
- Jury trial verdict of non-infringement in a telecommunications patent infringement action in the District of Delaware
- Defended an RFID hardware and software vendor in patent infringement action in the District of Minnesota
- Represented a patent holder in an infringement action involving computer networking devices in the Eastern District of Texas
- Represented a patent holder in an infringement action involving mobile stray voltage detection in the District of New Jersey
- Represent a patent holder in an IPR involving transistor optimization in digital integrated circuits before the Patent Trails and Appeal Board
- Represented a patent holder in an infringement action involving RFID hardware and software in the Eastern District of Virginia
- Represented a patent holder in an infringement action involving telephone and wireless billing software in the Southern District of Indiana
- Represented a patent holder in an infringement action involving portable touch screen computing devices in the Eastern District of Texas
- Defended a genetic diagnostics laboratory in patent infringement action in the District of Utah
- Defended a medical imaging software vendor in patent infringement action in the Southern District of California
- Defended a pharmaceutical company in an action before the ITC
- Defended a pharmaceutical company in ANDA litigation in the District of New Jersey
- Defended a pharmaceutical company in ANDA litigation in the District of Delaware
- U.S. and foreign patent application matters across various arts, including software, electrical, and mechanical engineering and various fields including telecommunications, e-commerce, wireless devices, RFID, power control systems, controller assemblies, medical devices, Internet and business method patents
- Portfolio analysis of patents covering Voice over IP technology
- Portfolio analysis of patents covering RFID technology
- Patent portfolio counseling for medical devices company