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Anand K. Sharma
+1 202 408 4446
anand.sharma@finnegan.com

901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4413

+1 202 408 4000
Fax +1 202 408 4400

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • New York Law School
    J.D., 1997
  • University of Maryland
    B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1994

Anand K. Sharma

Partner

Anand Sharma works in in all areas of patent law, from litigation in U.S. district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to strategic client counseling at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). His practice covers many technology areas, including telecom, data storage and software solutions, medical devices, hybrid engines, engine after-treatment systems, automotive systems, multi-wire cable fabrication, polymer films, steel manufacture, semiconductor assemblies, DRAM, well-site drilling equipment, and consumer appliances and electronics.

Whether managing patent litigations or patent portfolios, Mr. Sharma develops client-specific strategies and leads teams of Finnegan attorneys to implement them. In litigation, his experience includes several jury and bench trials across the country. He has examined dozens of witnesses at trial, argued key motions, and successfully led clients through complex settlement negotiations. Beyond his litigation practice, Mr. Sharma has drafted numerous patentability, validity, and infringement opinions, as well as patent applications. In addition, he counsels clients on strategic patent planning in areas such as patent procurement, post-grant proceedings, licensing, and pre-enforcement considerations.

A frequent lecturer on patent-related matters, Mr. Sharma speaks at conferences sponsored by various industry and legal associations, including the National Bar Association, the Confederation of Indian Industry, and the National Association of Software and Service Companies. As an adjunct professor at Howard University, he taught patent law at the College of Engineering and the Law School. Mr. Sharma served as chair of Finnegan's diversity and inclusion committee from 2008-2012, and as leader of the mechanical practice group from 2012-2015. He is currently a member of the firm's management committee.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Mr. Sharma worked as a spacecraft and software engineer at National Aeronautics and Space Administration "NASA" Goddard Space Flight Center.

Highlights

  • Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. v. POSCO (D.N.J.). Defends POSCO against charges of patent infringement on its grain-oriented electrical steel.
  • Kaneka Corp. v. SKC Kolon PI, Inc. (C.D. Cal.). Defends SKPI against charges of patent infringement on its polyimide films.
  • LG Electronics v. Asko (D. Del.). Represented LG Electronics in enforcing its patent rights against infringing front-load washing machines.
  • HTC Corp. v. Apple, Inc. (D. Del.). Represented HTC in enforcing its patent rights against infringing iPhones, iPads, and iPods.
  • Certain Polyimide Films, 337-TA-772 (ITC). Defended SKC Kolon PI in an investigation involving importation of polyimide films.
  • Certain Portable Electronic Devices and Related Software, 337-TA-721 (ITC). Represented HTC Corp. in an investigation involving importation of Apple's iPhones, iPods, and iPads.
  • LG Electronics v. Whirlpool Corp. (D. Del.). Represented LG Electronics in enforcing its patents rights against infringing refrigerators.
  • Certain Refrigerators, 337-TA-632 (ITC). Defended LG Electronics against charges of patent infringement on its refrigerators.
  • Certain Probe Card Assemblies and Certain Tested DRAM and NAND Flash Memory Devices, 337-TA-621 (ITC). Defended Phicom Corp. against charges of patent infringement on its semiconductor probe card assemblies.
  • Whirlpool Corp. v. LG Electronics (W.D. Mich.); Maytag Corp. v. LG Electronics (D. Iowa); Fisher Paykel v. LG Electronics (N.D. Ill.). Defended LG Electronics against charges of patent infringement on its
    high-performance washers and dryers.
  • Serves as a member of the firm's management committee, 2015-present; served as leader of the firm's mechanical practice group, 2012-2015; and served as chair of Finnegan's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2008.

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Professional Activities

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (Sections on International and Foreign Law and IP Practice in India)
  • National Bar Association (Section on Intellectual Property)
  • North American South Asian Bar Association (Section on Intellectual Property; editor-in-chief of the NASABA IP Newsletter, 2010)

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