Sharad Bijanki focuses his practice on intellectual property, especially patent litigation and post-grant proceedings. His patent practice involves all stages of litigation, including developing infringement, invalidity, and claim construction strategies. He has also drafted and filed multiple inter partes review petitions before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), serving as lead and backup counsel, and he dedicates a significant portion of his practice to patent prosecution matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He is experienced with other intellectual property and civil litigation matters, including copyright infringement, Lanham Act claims, and health care contracts.
Prior to joining Parker Poe, Sharad served as a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit where he reviewed district court records and helped draft appellate opinions in a variety of federal lawsuits. Earlier in his career, he was a systems engineer and operations manager for a multinational consumer foods company.
While earning his law degree at the University of Iowa College of Law, he was president of the Intellectual Property Law Society and a member of the national moot court teams for both the Giles Sutherland Rich patent competition and the Saul Lefkowitz trademark competition. He also worked on the Iowa Law Review. He received his bachelor's degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Sharad also has an active pro bono practice representing clients through the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and the Georgia PATENTS Program. The USPTO recently recognized him for his service to financially under-resourced independent inventors and small businesses.