Press Releases | 04/14/2021

Brooks Kushman CEO Sangeeta Shah Panelist in IPWatchdog PTAB Virtual Event in a Session on Pre-Trail Strategies

Team Contact: Sangeeta Shah

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SOUTHFIELD, Michigan– Brooks Kushman CEO Sangeeta Shah served as a panelist in a recent IPWatchdog event, the PTAB Masters™ 2021: Winning at the PTAB. This event had sessions that focused on “Beating the PTAB” from the viewpoint of the patent owner. From patent prosecution strategies to harden a portfolio prior to assertion, through PTAB trial and litigation tactics and strategies, this program was designed to prepare patent owners for the challenges of monetizing patents by presenting best practices, expert insights, and master level planning.

The preliminary proceeding of an AIA Trial is perhaps the most critical period for patent owners. With an increased interest in discretionary denials and a rebalancing in the application of patent owner testimonial evidence, the patent owner must act quickly and decisively to halt the proceeding. During this session “Pre-Trial Practice: Finishing it Before it Starts” where Shah was a panelist, leading practitioners presented best practices for patent owner preliminary responses. Topics included: challenging petitions on discretionary matters under 314(a); 325(d); preliminary response evidence; petition preparation; joint defense dynamics; and development of declaration testimony.

Sangeeta Shah is the CEO of Brooks Kushman, responsible for leading the firm’s Executive Committee. In addition to serving as the CEO, Sangeeta maintains an active docket as an IP practitioner with over 20 years of experience in managing patent portfolios, PTAB matters, patent litigation and opinions.  Sangeeta works closely with several Fortune 500 clients for whom she provides strategic counseling and guidance on global intellectual property portfolios. Her patent expertise has resulted in national recognition from Managing IP, Best Lawyers, IAM, AIPLA and the PTAB Bar Association.

Prior to becoming CEO, Sangeeta served as the firm’s Chief Diversity Officer. In that position, she developed and implemented a range of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives within and outside of the firm through outreach programs and partnerships.  Under her leadership, the firm was recognized in 2018 and 2019 by ChIPs and Diversity Lab as a national Honor Roll Firm for its dedication to advancing diversity and inclusion. Sangeeta also hosts the Breaking Mindsets Podcast where she interviews leaders who defy expectations and have accomplished great change in their field.

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About Brooks Kushman P.C.

Brooks Kushman P.C. is a premier intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm dedicated to the advancement and protection of innovations and brands that propel businesses around the world. With offices in Michigan and California, we work alongside corporations, small to medium sized businesses, and leading universities to protect their intellectual property assets. Our attorneys have a broad range of experience in industries and technologies, including consumer electronics, manufacturing, medical device, computer technology, aerospace, chemicals, biotechnology, and retail.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit

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