Arvind Jairam

Duane Morris LLP
505 9th Street, N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004-2166

Phone: +1 202 776 5252
Fax: +1 202 403 3665

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Arvind Jairam


Arvind Jairam focuses his practice on intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks and copyrights. He has a unique combination of legal, technical and business experiences that position him well to counsel clients in today's rapidly changing marketplace.

Mr. Jairam has experience in all aspects of patent law, including patent prosecution, litigation, post-issuance proceedings, patent portfolio analysis, and invalidity, non-infringement and clearance opinions. Since 2008, Mr. Jairam has drafted over 100 patent applications in various subject areas including circuits, telecommunication networks, semiconductor devices, computer hardware and software, signal processing, electromagnetism, optics, e-commerce, business methods, medical devices, mechanical devices, exercise equipment and clean energy technologies. His strong background in computer science and algorithms, including his computer science and mathematics degrees from Carnegie Mellon, enables him to understand a variety of modern technologies, e.g., data mining, machine learning, artificial intelligence, optimization, cloud computing, and other subject areas of Internet-focused clients. He also has a deep hardware background and is well-versed in engineering challenges associated with implementing concepts in practical devices.

The breadth and depth of his technical background and his years of patent prosecution experience enable him to work efficiently with inventors and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to procure patents.  In addition to U.S. patent prosecution, Mr. Jairam has substantial experience drafting PCT applications and working with foreign patent attorneys to facilitate national stage prosecution in various foreign jurisdictions (e.g., China, Europe, Japan, Korea, Canada, etc.).

Mr. Jairam is an experienced litigator. He has worked on patent infringement cases involving circuits, cryptography, databases, programming tools, software, image compression, thin-film transistors, telecommunication networks, virtual machines, digital cameras, security systems, medical devices and plasma physics, among other topics. He has experience representing defendants and plaintiffs.

Mr. Jairam's practice also includes patent post-issuance proceedings, including inter partes review (IPR) and covered business method (CBM) review of patents before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Mr. Jairam's technical background includes degrees in electrical and computer engineering, computer science and mathematics. After completing his first master’s degree, he gained valuable engineering experience at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. From 2001 to 2006, he worked primarily on radar discrimination algorithms for missile defense, and from 2006 to 2008, he worked on speech recognition, speaker recognition and machine translation systems. Mr. Jairam worked on a wide variety of activities at Lincoln Lab, including algorithm conception, software development, systems engineering, field testing and briefings to civilian and military leadership.   His projects were often multidisciplinary and covered subjects such as digital signal processing (image and speech domains), communications systems, radar engineering (software and hardware), aerospace engineering and computational linguistics. He has co-authored and/or presented several technical papers.

In addition to his law degree and technical degrees, Mr. Jairam earned a second master’s degree in business administration and management, which has given him a better understanding of the competitive challenges faced by companies in various sectors.  That understanding helps him craft patent strategies with clients' business goals in mind. 

In addition to his intellectual property law practice, Mr. Jairam has successfully served as local counsel for clients in Virginia state court, the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in matters such as commercial banking and defamation.

Mr. Jairam maintains an active pro bono practice and has worked on a range of pro bono matters in patent law, animal law, criminal law, veterans law and other areas of law.


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 2013
  • Boston University, M.S.B.A., Business Administration and Management, 2008
  • Carnegie Mellon University, M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2001
  • Carnegie Mellon University, B.S., Mathematical Sciences, with University honors, 2000
    - Phi Beta Kappa
    - Senior Leadership Award
  • Carnegie Mellon University, B.S., Computer Science, with University honors, 2000
  • Carnegie Mellon University, B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, with University honors, 2000

Professional Training

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Diploma, Deposition Skills


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Associate, 2013-present
    - Patent Agent, 2009-2013
  • Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds P.C.
    - Patent Agent, 2008-2009
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lincoln Laboratory
    - Associate Staff Researcher, 2001-2008

Selected Publications