Sima S. Kulkarni

Special Counsel

  • Sima S. Kulkarni
  • Phone: +1 215 979 1847

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    30 South 17th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196

Sima S. Kulkarni practices in the area of intellectual property law with a focus on patent and trademark prosecution for clients in the biotech, life sciences, chemical arts and food technology industries. Ms. Kulkarni conducts all aspects of global patent and trademark portfolio prosecution, including obtaining invention disclosures, application drafting, response submission, appeals, on-site Patent Office interviews, inter partes review (strategy and support) and risk assessment (FTO). She is a member of the firm's Life Sciences and Medical Technologies industry group as well as the Technology Transactions, Licensing and Commercial Contracts group.

Ms. Kulkarni is a 1996 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, where she was on the editorial board of the Intellectual Property Law Journal. Ms. Kulkani received an M.S. in Biology from Georgia State University and a dual B.Sc. Biology and B.A. Philosophy from Emory University.


  • Pennsylvania
  • Georgia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1996
    - Editorial Board, Intellectual Property Law Journal
  • Georgia State University, M.S., Biology, 1992
  • Emory University, B.Sc. Biology, 1992
  • Emory University, B.A., Philosophy, 1992


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Special Counsel, 2022-present
  • DLA Piper
    - Of Counsel, 2016-2022
  • KPPB Law
    - Of Counsel, 2015-2016
  • SK Intellectual Property
    - Founder and Principal Attorney, 2011-2013
  • SK Intellectual Property
    - Founder and Principal Attorney, 2011-2013
  • Johnson & Associates
    - Sr. Patent Counsel, 2010-2011
  • King & Spalding
    - IP Counsel, 2006-2010
  • Kilpatrick Stockton
    - IP Associate, 2000-2006
  • Jones & Askew
    - IP Trademark Associate, 1996-2000

Professional Activities

  • Women in Bio
    - Founding Member
    - Chapter Chair, 2020-2021
    - Program Committee Vice-Chair, 2016-2019
  • South Asian Bar Association of Georgia
    - Founding Organizer
  • Selected for participation in Buckhead Business Leadership Development Program