Dr. Madhumita Datta is a senior law clerk in the law firm’s Intellectual Property practice and is located in the Silicon Valley office. She has been registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since 2009. She has acquired her Juris Doctorate degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law in 2016. Dr. Datta has extensive experience in intellectual property law, especially patent prosecution, patent portfolio development and counseling. She is also involved in due diligence for intellectual property asset transactions, as well as assisting in pre-litigation and litigation matters. During law school, Dr. Datta completed a full-time externship at the chambers of Hon. Beth Labson Freemen at the San Jose Federal Courthouse of the Northern District of California.
Dr. Datta’s areas of technical experience include green technology, data analytics, social media, electronic commerce, mobile devices, sensors and actuators, light-emitting semiconductor devices and optics, photonics, semiconductor chips, nanotechnology, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), biosensors, renewable energy, medical devices, optical and RF communications, electronic materials, computer architecture, computer networks, etc.
Prior to joining Pillsbury, Dr. Datta worked in the Patents group at Nixon Peabody and, prior to that, at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein and Fox, a boutique intellectual property law firm in Washington DC. Before her legal career, she was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she focused on waveguide-based optical MEMS for telecom and biomedical sensing applications. She received a National Science Foundation research grant and served as panelist for sensor networks and nanoscale integrated systems programs. Dr. Datta's doctoral research work at Maryland was on optoelectronic device integration and packaging, for which she was granted a U.S. patent. This technology was transferred to National Security Agency’s Microelectronics Research Laboratory.
Dr. Datta has been actively involved in the Women in Intellectual Property Law and Women in Engineering programs as a mentor. She edited the newsletter for the Washington Metropolitan Area chapter of the Alumni Association of Jadavpur University, her undergraduate Alma Mater, for several years. In her spare time, she plays tennis, hikes with her family, and enjoys creative writing and book editing.
Women’s Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (WIPLA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Women in Engineering, The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE Silicon Valley Chapter)