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Kaustuv Das

Adjunct Professor


Patent Law


  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2003
  • Ph.D., Mathematics, California Institute of Technology, 1994
  • M.S., Mathematics, California Institute of Technology, 1991
  • B.A., Mathematics, Vassar College, Phi Beta Kappa, 1989


Kaustuv M. Das has over fifteen years of patent and trade secret litigation and licensing experience, and currently is a Director, IP Attorney with Intellectual Ventures ("IV") where he focuses on patent prosecution, analysis, and monetization and on portfolio management. Before joining IV, he was in private practice and worked as in-house counsel in the semiconductor industry providing legal counsel on intellectual property-related issues affecting numerous technologies, including hybrid DRAM memory, flash memory, LED, display, and solar. Dr. Das received his Ph.D. from Caltech and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in mathematics for six years prior to embarking on his legal career. Dr. Das has worked for Perkins Coie, Davis Wright Tremaine, and Merchant & Gould and as licensing counsel for both IV and Micron Technology, Inc.

Dr. Das is passionate about community service and pro bono activities and has argued immigration and prisoners' rights cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has served on the Boards of the King County Bar Association, the King County Bar Foundation, the Asian Bar Association of Washington, and the South Asian Bar Association of Washington. He currently is a member of the Executive Committee of the WSBA's Intellectual Property Section and is one of the WSBA's representatives to the ABA House of Delegates. Dr. Das graduated with high honors, Order of the Coif, and The Order of Barristers from University of Washington Law School.

Dr. Das is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Supreme Court of the United States, the Courts of Appeal for the Federal Circuit and the Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Courts for Idaho, the Northern District of Illinois, the Eastern District of Texas, and the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington. He has also litigated patent and trade secret cases in U.S. District Courts in California, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, and Wyoming.