Press Releases | 03/09/2022

CEO Sangeeta Shah Named In The 2021 Top 50 Women In PTAB Trials

Team Contact: Sangeeta Shah

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Southfield, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is proud to announce that CEO Sangeeta Shah has been named as one of the Top 50 Women in PTAB Trials. This special recognition is released by the PTAB Bar Association’s Women’s Committee. This organization looked at women practicing before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office’s Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) and recognized the fifty female practitioners who have appeared in the highest number of PTAB trial proceedings in 2021.

Since the inception of the AIA, Sangeeta has been at the forefront of leading teams to challenge and defend patents using post-grant challenges and further instrumental in building the firm’s nationally recognized Post-Grant Proceedings practice group. She works closely with clients to take proactive steps to obtain a competitive advantage from an adversarial and patent procurement standpoint. To date, on behalf of both petitioners and patent owners, her teams have achieved an over 90% success rate.

Sangeeta is recognized in the list due to her counsel and leadership role in the following matters:

  • Ford Motor Company v. Paice, LLC & Abell Foundation, Inc. – Led one set of teams that served as counsel for Ford Motor Company in 25 inter partes review (IPR) proceedings related to hybrid technology. In total, the Brooks Kushman teams challenged 325 claims across five patents; 274 of those claims were instituted. In decisions spanning from 2015-2017, the PTAB found 273 of the 274 instituted claims unpatentable.
  • JTEKT Corp. v. GKN Automotive Ltd – Lead counsel for patent owner GKN Automotive Ltd. in an inter partes review proceeding filed by JTEKT, challenging claims in a patent related to automotive drivelines switchable between a four-wheel mode and a two-wheel mode. The PTAB found JTEKT failed to prove the obviousness of the claims and ruled the claims patentable. The Federal Circuit agreed and dismissed the appeal in a precedential opinion on standing.
  • Apple v. IXI – Led a team to secure over 50 claims through a reexamination, to revive IXI’s enforcement strategy and then successfully thwarted Apple’s attempt to circumvent the validity of the newly issued claims through 6 IPR institution denials.

Sangeeta represents several Fortune 500 clients and has over 20 years of experience, providing strategic counseling and guidance on their global intellectual property portfolios. She is frequently called upon to counsel clients in developing best practices and strategic planning of their patent portfolios. She works closely with clients from the earliest stages of their technical development, offering valuable advice about how to protect their inventions and new ideas in view of their business strategies. She advises clients on multi-faceted patent clearance, and adversarial matters and works with technical and legal teams to develop invalidity arguments and design around solutions to bolster her clients’ positions.

The PTAB Bar Association helps establish best practices and cooperation among various stakeholders from law firms, industry, and the PTAB itself. It was formed in 2016 by leading legal advocates, with the mission of promoting the highest professional and ethical standards among all stakeholders who appear before the PTAB. To join, or for more details on PTAB Bar Association events and functions, please visit

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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