- J.D., University of California, Hastings, 2006, Public Interest Concentration
- B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2000
- B.S., Mathematics, University of California, Irvine, 2000
- United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California
- United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Mukund Sharma is an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm's Palo Alto and San Francisco offices.
Areas of Practice
Mr. Sharma specializes in patent and other intellectual property litigation, strategic patent counseling, and games and social media counseling.
Mr. Sharma supports all stages of patent cases involving electrical, computer, and mechanical technologies.
Representative work has included patent cases involving electrical connectors, computer peripherals, and security checkpoint systems, and a consumer class-action for a hard-disk drive manufacturer. As an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Nevada, he represented indigent people accused of crimes and capital habeas corpus petitioners in federal and state courts.
Mr. Sharma has participated in ex parte appeals, ex parte reexaminations, post-grant proceedings, including post-grant proceedings related to pending patent litigations before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Patent Prosecution and Counseling
Mr. Sharma provides strategic patent counseling for startups, mid-size companies, and large public companies. Areas of expertise include analog and digital hardware systems, and software, including social media and games.
Pro Bono Practice
Mr. Sharma has an active pro bono practice that has included supporting investigations and habeas corpus cases.
Electrical Engineering Industry Experience
Worked as an ASIC designer and as a software engineer from 2000-2003.
- "Problems and Solutions: Patent Prosecution Tools for Litigators," 2011 Wint. Fed. Bar I.P. Legal Browser 7
- Co-inventor in United States Patent Number 7,321,992, "Reducing Application Downtime in a Cluster Using User-Defined Rules for Proactive Failover"
- "Taking invention Disclosures Post-Alice," Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution: 2015: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting and Amendment Writing (Practicing Law Institute (2015 and 2016).
Intellectual Property Law Blog Posts
- "FTC Proposes Consent Order to Settle Charges Alleging Misrepresentations by Patent Assertion Entity," November 7, 2014
Video Game Law Blog Posts
- "California Repeals Prohibition on Use of Alternative Currencies," January 8, 2015
- "Georgia’s Limited Tax Credits for Interactive Entertainment Producers," April 21, 2014
- "Bargaining with the Little Green Robot: Understanding the Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement," March 28, 2014
- "Bitcoins and Liability in the Wake of Recent Silk Road Arrests," February 7, 2014
- Clinical Faculty, " Patent Drafting, Prosecution, and Litigation," Practicing Law Institute (2017)
- Moderator, "Today’s Interpretation of Computer Laws Developed for a Bygone Age," ABA Criminal Justice Section Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2016)
- Clinical Faculty, "Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution, A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting and Amendment Writing," Practicing Law Institute (2015)
- Moderator, "White Collar Crime Update – Western Region," 28 Annual ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime, Miami, FL (2014)
- Guest Lecturer, "Legal Issues Facing Startups," Stanford Business 110 (Winter 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2011)
- Guest Lecturer, "Restorative Themes in Criminal Justice," Western Justice Center, Pasadena, CA (Aug. 21, 2009)
- Video Game Bar Association
- Lead Associate for Social Media and Games Team
- Bar Association of San Francisco
- Member of Sheppard Mullin's Pro Bono Committee
- Co-Chair of ABA White Collar Crime Subcommittee on Computer Crime, Intellectual Property, and Trade Secrets