Vinu Raj’s practice focuses on all aspects of patent counseling and prosecution, spanning the fields of networking and wireless communications, cloud computing, mobile devices, web browsers, geographical information systems (GIS), large-scale data analysis and storage, databases and structures, image processing, analog and digital circuits, and consumer electronic devices. He also has extensive experience in numerous technology standards including audio and video compression standards, such as MPEG, as well as wireless technology standards, such as 802.11, Bluetooth, and 3G/4G/LTE mobile telecommunication standards.
Moreover, Mr. Raj is able to leverage his background as a software engineer to advise both established and startup technology companies on patenting mobile applications and Web-based services. As an engineer, Mr. Raj’s work focused on hardware and software development for 16-bit and 32-bit embedded microprocessors. He also developed software applications written in C, C++, and Java programming languages for software development tools and mobile operating systems for wireless handset devices.
In addition to securing patent protection for innovations, Mr. Raj assists his clients’ litigation efforts with strategic post-grant challenges of patents at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Further, he is often relied upon to evaluate the risks from third-party patents and assist in efforts to design around those patents. Mr. Raj also assists clients in maximizing intellectual property assets for investment or acquisition.
Mr. Raj also has been involved in numerous litigations in the U.S. district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), involving video compression, power conversion systems, and wireless data transfer technologies. Mr. Raj was also a judicial intern for the Honorable Stephen Wm. Smith of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Prior to beginning his legal career, Mr. Raj worked as a software engineer for almost five years at one of the world’s largest multinational telecommunications companies. As an engineer, Mr. Raj was instrumental in developing software applications targeting various development platforms, including those for desktop computers and mobile devices.
Bar and Court Admissions
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- University of Houston Law School, J.D.
- University of Texas at Austin, B.S., Computer Science
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
- Pauline Newman IP American Inn of Court
- No prior conception where contemporaneous disclosures failed to show knowledge of complete and operative method of making invention, AIPLA Newsstand – American Intellectual Property Law Association, April 30, 2013.
- Prior art’s disclosure of result-effective variables that overlap claimed ranges is sufficient to support a finding of obviousness, AIPLA Newsstand – American Intellectual Property Law Association,October 31, 2012.
- Same claim terms used in related patents have the same meaning, AIPLA Newsstand – American Intellectual Property Law Association, September 28, 2012.
- Prior art’s disclosure of a preferred embodiment does not “teach away” from inferior alternatives, AIPLA Newsstand – American Intellectual Property Law Association, July 31, 2012.