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About Vivek

Vivek Shankam serves as a patent agent and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Vivek specializes in preparing and prosecuting electrical, mechanical, computer software, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and telecommunications patent applications. Vivek specializes in wireless communication technologies including 3G, 4G LTE, 5G, and Wi-Fi communication protocols including 802.11. He regularly conducts novelty searches and advises clients on patentability of inventions and freedom to operate. Vivek also assists clients in conducting IP due diligence in M&A deals, as well as drafting patent and technology licensing agreements.

Vivek, who’s experience includes working with large multinational clients, previously worked in-house as a patent portfolio manager at a Fortune 100 company. He has managed parallel prosecution in 13 countries, including the U.S., Japan, China and India, as well as several European countries.

Prior to his career in intellectual property, he was employed at North Carolina State University where he researched and developed new methods for processing fibers into textile structures using wireless micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) technology.

*Non-Attorney Consultant


Publications and Speeches

“Got the memo?” IP Magazine, February 2017.

“Inside USPTO’s Memo On Patent Eligibility For Software Claims,” Law360, December 20, 2016.



Purdue University Global,
Fordham University,
M.B.A., Finance
North Carolina State University,
Ph.D., Fiber and Polymer Science, Electrical Engineering
Bangalore University,
summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Licensing Executive Society
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
National Association of Patent Practitioners