Professional Biography
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Vijay S. Kumar Associate

  • Seattle

    D +1.206.359.3721

    F +1.206.359.9000


    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099




Vijay leverages his legal, technical, and business experience to protect his clients' most valuable innovations. Whether working with emerging companies or international corporations, he prides himself on thoroughly understanding each client's core business and developing a customized IP strategy consistent with their short- and long-term goals.

Focusing his practice on patent prosecution and strategic development of patent portfolios, Vijay has extensive experience with technologies in the energy, chemical, and medical device sectors. Within the energy and chemical sectors, he has experience with hydrogen production and storage, fuel cells, oxygen-enriched combustion burners, battery systems, mineral extraction and processing, carbon capture, chemical processing, biomass conversion, solar cells, and other alternative energies. Within the medical device sector, he has experience with intravascular systems, neuromodulation, implantable stimulation devices, orthodontic appliances, microfluidic devices, cardiac pacing, and therapeutic ultrasound systems. Utilizing his background in chemical and electrical engineering, Vijay also has experience with semiconductor design and fabrication, wireless speakers, software applications, and other consumer devices.

In addition to procuring patents in these sectors, Vijay regularly analyzes third-party patent portfolios with regard to validity and freedom-to-operate concerns, and mines client patent portfolios to identify assets for licensing and divestment purposes. He also has experience with both investor-side and company-side patent-related due diligence, having represented venture capital firms, institutional investors, multinational corporations, and emerging companies.

Before beginning his legal career, Vijay worked in the energy sector at a global industrial gas company and held various engineering roles within operations, design, and commissioning.

Vijay was recently selected as a "Washington Rising Star" in Super Lawyers Magazine.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected as a "Washington Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2020 - 2021

Related Employment

  • Fortem IP, Associate, 2019 - 2020
  • Perkins Coie LLP, Associate, 2016 - 2019; Law Clerk, 2016; Summer Associate, 2014, 2015
  • Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, Summer Associate, 2015
  • University of Washington Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, Student Attorney, 2014 - 2015
  • Linde PLC (previously Praxair, Inc.), Commissioning and Startup Engineer, 2011 - 2013; Process Engineer, 2009 - 2011; Leadership and Technical Orientation Program, 2008 - 2009



Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 2016, Associate Editor-in-Chief, Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts
  • University of Washington, M.S., Electrical Engineering, 2016
  • Washington State University, B.S., Chemical Engineering, 2008