Sumedha Ahuja focuses her practice on strategic patent portfolio management and patent prosecution with specific emphasis on computer software, Internet and artificial intelligence inventions. She has successfully drafted and prosecuted over 100 patent applications for both large corporations and startups at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and foreign patent offices. This experience spans a great depth and breadth of technical areas, including internet business models, applications, advertising and behavioral analysis, search and search result processing, machine learning, recommendation techniques, valuation modeling, mobile applications, cloud computing and other uses of virtual computing, computer and internet games, computer architecture, operating systems and networking, object-oriented programming, natural language processing and understanding, computer vision, electronic banking and election systems, including encryption and other security measures, blockchain, IoT device and communications, and telecommunications.
In addition to procuring patents in these fields, Sumedha evaluates third-party patent portfolios, counsels clients on avoiding patent infringement, and mines client patent portfolios to identify assets for licensing, patent infringement counterclaims and divestment. Sumedha has also represented both patent owners and petitioners before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in more than two dozen post-grant proceedings, including inter partes reviews and covered business method reviews. Her experience includes conducting and defending expert deposition as well as drafting successful petitions, patent owner responses and expert reports. She has also published a leading handbook on post-grant proceedings.
Prior to practicing law, Sumedha was a software engineer at Sapient Corp., where she designed, developed and deployed software solutions for large enterprise clients. As a graduate student at McGill University, Sumedha was a member of both the Mobile Robotics Lab and the Reasoning and Learning Lab, where she focused her research on developing recommendation systems using various machine learning techniques.
- Perkins Coie's Diversity Champions Award, 2018
- Recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, 2016 - 2020
- Named to Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual Hot List
- Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Washington, D.C., Associate
- Goodwin Procter LLP, Washington, D.C., Associate
- Sapient Corporation, Arlington, VA, Software Engineer