Manita Rawat is the managing partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley office and a member of the firm’s governing Partners Board. Ms. Rawat is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), and she has a strong technical background in applied mathematics with a concentration in computer science, aerospace engineering and statistical analysis. Ms. Rawat also has a strong technical background in biochemistry. Throughout her legal career, Ms. Rawat has maintained a thriving practice that includes serving as lead outside patent counsel to various high profile Fortune 100 companies in Silicon Valley. Ms. Rawat primarily supports large technology companies with managing their domestic and foreign patent portfolios, which includes determining patentability and drafting and prosecuting patent applications to allowance. Ms. Rawat also has significant experience with patent office post grant proceedings (including inter-partes review and reexamination).
Silicon Valley companies often look to Ms. Rawat and her diverse teams, drawn from across the firm, to provide the best service possible. Working primarily with software technologies, including various online platforms, mobile applications, artificial intelligence and machine learning models, Ms. Rawat and her team have developed a systematic approach to handling issues with the USPTO that are unique to computer-related technologies, such as subject matter eligibility, to enable allowance in an efficient and cost effective manner.
Ms. Rawat also has substantial experience in supporting intellectual property issues related to corporate deals, such as mergers and acquisitions and investment funding. For example, Ms. Rawat conducts and leads teams to conduct the intellectual property due diligence on corporate deals, which includes the review of various patent and trademark portfolios, review of licensing agreements, review of intellectual property related lawsuits, and freedom to operate analysis. Ms. Rawat also assists clients in patent licensing and transactional matters, including structuring, negotiating and drafting agreements.
Ms. Rawat has significant experience with providing technical support on patent litigation matters at various stages of a case as well. For example, Ms. Rawat assists in determining infringement and non-infringement positions, and in determining invalidity of issued patents. She has significant experience with claim construction, including drafting briefs and facilitating oral arguments at hearings. Ms. Rawat also has experience drafting and arguing motions related to invalidity.
In the midst of her professional accomplishments, Ms. Rawat is a dedicated mentor to women and diverse attorneys throughout the firm and in the Silicon Valley community. She remains dedicated to providing diverse attorneys with more opportunities by regularly ensuring that her teams consist of women and diverse attorneys and provides them with opportunities to advance their careers. Ms. Rawat has been recognized by her colleagues and peers on a number of occasions for her commitment to mentoring young attorneys as well as her impressive career work. In 2020, Ms. Rawat was honored with the Duane Morris “Cheryl Bryson Leadership Award” which recognizes significant contributions, including professional development, leadership and mentoring, made by a lawyer to women in the legal profession. That same year, she received a Women of Influence Award from the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Ms. Rawat was more recently named a 2022 Women of Achievement Honoree by Legal Momentum, the nation’s first and oldest legal defense and education fund for women.
Ms. Rawat is a 2005 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno. Ms. Rawat also studied at St. Peter’s College of University of Oxford, United Kingdom, through the Intellectual Property Law Scholars Program. Ms. Rawat is fluent in Hindi and knows basic German.
- Serves as outside patent counsel and manages a patent portfolio for an American multinational retail corporation by preparing and prosecuting patent applications for the company in various different technology areas, including software and fulfillment process technology, and artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. Counsels the client on various intellectual property issues that come up regarding the portfolio.
- Serves as outside intellectual property counsel for a large publically-traded company specializing in radiation oncology treatments and software. Counsels the client on various intellectual property issues that come up, including conducting intellectual property due diligence on various deals, managing a patent portfolio, conducting freedom to operate opinions, patent infringement and invalidity assessments, and assessing pre-litigation strategies for the company with respect to competitors.
Serves as outside intellectual property counsel for a large American multinational technology company that specializes in consumer electronics, software and online services. Counsels the client on various intellectual property issues that come up, including conducting intellectual property due diligence on various deals, conducting freedom to operate opinions, patent infringement and invalidity assessments, and assessing pre-litigation strategies for the company with respect to competitors and non-practicing entities.
- Manages a patent portfolio for a large defense contractor, by preparing and prosecuting patent applications for the company in the areas of aerospace technology, signal processing, software technology, and microwave technology. Counsels the client on various intellectual property issues that come up, such as identifying issues that may arise in joint research ventures and licensing of patented technology.
- Manages a patent portfolio for a large publically-traded software company, by preparing and prosecuting patent applications for the company. Counsels the client on various intellectual property issues that come up, including conducting patent infringement and invalidity assessments.
- Served as lead outside intellectual property counsel for a start-up company by preparing and prosecuting patent applications for the client before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and in foreign jurisdictions in the areas of turbomachine technology and various types of power system technology. Works with the client in presenting the technology and patent goals to investors and counsels the client on various intellectual property issues, such as preparing and reviewing non-disclosure agreements and licensing agreements, conducting freedom to operate opinions, and conducting patent infringement and invalidity assessments.
- Counseled a large resort client on various patent issues, such as determining which technology areas the company may want to invest and proceed with in terms of patent protection and was the primary day-to-day counsel in a patent infringement lawsuit for the client.
- Represented multiple defendants in a patent infringement lawsuit involving trampoline systems and managed the case.
Areas of Practice
- Intellectual Property Law
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 2005
- University of Oxford, St. Peter's College, Intellectual Property Law Scholars Program, 2004
- University of Nevada, Reno, B.S., Applied Mathematics and Biochemistry, 2001
- With a concentration in Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering and Statistical Analysis
- Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2015-present
- Associate, 2013-2014
- Georgetown Law School - Adjunct Professor, 2017-2020
- Armstrong Teasdale LLP
- Associate, 2010-2013
- Holland and Hart LLP
- Associate, 2007-2010
- Alverson, Taylor, Mortensen and Sanders
- Associate, 2005-2007
- Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Environmental Protection Agency
- Intern, Office of Legislation and the Human and Ecological Risk Division, 2001-2002
- University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine
- Undergraduate Student Research Assistant, Research Lab for Biochemistry Department, 1998-2001
- Fellow to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity ("LCLD"), 2015-2016
- American Bar Association
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
National South Asian Bar Association
South Asian Bar Association of Northern California
Honors and Awards
- Listed in World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) Leaders Directory, 2022
- Honored by Legal Momentum at its 17th Annual Women of Achievement Awards, 2022
- Honored with Duane Morris Women’s Impact Network for Success Award, 2020
- Honored with Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence Award, 2020
- Honored with "Best Under 40" Award, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2016
- Named as one of the most "Distinguished Women in Nevada," 2014
- Selected as a Super Lawyers Mountain State "Rising Star," 2013-2015
- Named the "Best of the Best Attorney's in Each Category of Law: Patent and Intellectual Property Law," Vegas Food & Music, 2013
- Named "The Best of the Bar" by Las Vegas Business Journal, 2011
Civic and Charitable Activities
- Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Nevada
- Board of Directors, 2013-2015
- Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
- Volunteer Attorney for the Children's Attorneys Project
- National Delegate for the State of Nevada at the Democratic National Convention, August 2008
- Author, "Why is Your Software Like an Invention," The Daily Journal, June 20, 2016
- Author, "Bridging the Generation Gap in Boca," Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter, Winter 2014
- Author, "The Beauty and Strength of Diversity at Duane Morris—Thoughts on the 2013 Diverse Attorney Breakfast," Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter, Spring 2014
- Author, "Pro Bono Corner: Finding Yourself," Communiqué, The Official Publication of the Clark County Bar Association, 2013
Co-author, "Take Action for Your Investment," Northern Nevada Business Weekly Business Law Guide, 2012
Co-author, "Covering Your Assets. What to Do If a Competitor Is Using Your Patented Invention," Northern Nevada Business Weekly Business Law Guide, 2011
Co-author, "Evaluation of Arsenic as a Chemical of Potential Concern at Proposed School Sites in the Los Angeles Area," 2002
- Quoted, "Women Of Color On Scaling The Legal Industry's Heights," Law360, October 1, 2021
- "Duane Morris Awarded APABA Silicon Valley 2021 Law Firm Diversity Award," Duane Morris Press Release, September 20, 2021
- "Duane Morris Attorneys Receive Women’s Impact Network for Success Awards," Duane Morris Press Release, October 20, 2020
- "Duane Morris Partner Manita Rawat Honored with Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence Award," Duane Morris Press Release, May 13, 2020
- "Duane Morris Names Manita Rawat as Silicon Valley Office Managing Partner," Duane Morris Press Release, August 6, 2018
- Quoted, "A Simple Theory for Uber's Waymo Mess: Plain Old Sloppiness," Wired, March 17, 2017
- "Duane Morris Partner Manita Rawat Honored with NAPABA "Best Under 40" Award," Duane Morris Press Release, October 13, 2016
- Featured in "Foiling the Trolls," Las Vegas Business Press, June 1, 2015
- "Duane Morris Partner Manita Rawat Named to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's 2015 Fellows Program," Duane Morris Press Release, February 5, 2015
- Featured in "Manita Rawat Named to Leadership Council," Attorney At Law Magazine, 2015
Selected Speaking Engagements
- Speaker, "Tips for New Partners: How to Set Yourself Up for Continued Success in the Firm," Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley, Webinar, November 17, 2021
- Moderator, "Women of Color Lawyers: From Being Perceived as Meek, Mad or Moody to Becoming Mighty Leaders," Duane Morris LLP and Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley, Webinar, September 30, 2021
- Interviewed, "Bouncing Back: Resilience for Lawyers," Major, Lindsey & Africa Podcast Series, February 1, 2021
- Moderator, "Let's Not Repeat History: Strategies to Support, Retain and Promote Diverse Attorneys During COVID-19," Presented by Duane Morris LLP, NAPABA, The Belonging Project, LexisNexis® Risk Solutions Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, King & Spalding and Walmart Inc., Webinar, February 10, 2021
- Speaker, "Let’s Not Repeat History: Strategies to Support, Retain and Promote Diverse Attorneys During COVID-19," Presented by Duane Morris LLP, APABA Silicon Valley and SABA-NC, Webinar, September 14, 2020
- Speaker, "Women's Leadership Workshop," 2019 NAPABA Convention, November 7, 2019
Speaker, "Politics: NSFW? Navigating Political Landmines in the (Polarized) States of America," CMCP Annual Business Conference, September 12, 2019
Moderator, "Neurodiversity: What It is and Why It Matters," Duane Morris of the Future: Making Today’s Diversity Challenges Tomorrow’s Strengths, Westin Philadelphia, May 4, 2019
- Speaker, "Understanding How One Makes Decisions," WFFConnect - Women Founders & Funders, Webinar, March 14, 2017
- Speaker, "Keystone CLE Conferences," Cardinal Intellectual Property and Duane Morris, December 9-11, 2016
- Speaker, "Data Assets in Commercial Transactions," Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) Global TEC Forum, October 7, 2016
- Speaker, "Rising Waters: Practical Tips on Making it Rain," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Convention, 2015
- Presenter, "The Toll of Patent Trolls in Nevada," Technological Crime Advisory Board Meeting, March 6, 2014
- Panelist, Nevada Newsmakers, October 2013
- "Interview with Duane Morris at ITEXPO Las Vegas 2013," TMC.net
- SUITS - Synopsis Under IP/Patent Telecom Sourcing, Las Vegas, August 2013
- Co-Presenter, "2013 IP Law and Policy changes surround the 'Prior Art' 'Work'"
- Moderator, "The 1,2,3 of how to Develop a Patent surrounding your technology"
- Panelist, "Protecting Patents and IP : A round table for Questions and Answers"
- Panelist, "Mobile Texting Rules for Patents and Licensing and Distribution (MMA)"
- Moderator, "Successful Business Models in Mobile Apps and Tablet Apps"
- Co-Presenter, "From Genes to Jeans: Is Everything Under the Sun Patentable?" Whittemore Peterson Institute, April 2011
- Appeared on Nevada NewsMakers regarding the goal of diversity in Nevada's economy and the importance of technology in enabling such diversity, March 2012
- Co-Presenter, "Intellectual Property: Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks," legal education seminar, October 2009
- Co-Lecturer, "Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs," MBA Program, School of Business, University of Nevada, Reno, Fall Semester of 2007 and 2008
- Presenter, "The Development of Footprinting Methods to Study GXM-C3 Interactions," National Science Foundation Women in Science and Engineering Conference, University of Nevada, Reno, August 1998