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Mintz Bolsters IP Practice With Addition Of ITC Expert

BOSTON – Mintz has boosted its IP practice with the arrival of patent litigator and registered patent attorney, Suparna Datta, PhD. Dr. Datta, who joins as a Member, brings over ten years of experience representing clients in high-tech patent disputes before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and in the federal district courts.

Dr. Datta earned her PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and brings substantial technical expertise to the Mintz patent litigation team. She has successfully handled matters involving a wide variety of software and hardware technologies, including wireless communication systems, digital signal processing, graphics processors, remote deposit capture (RDC) technology, medical devices, optical and magnetic storage systems, and error correction codes.

On the transactional side of her practice, Dr. Datta regularly performs merger and acquisition-focused intellectual property diligence, which includes leading open source audits to advise on sale and licensing implications.  Clients also turn to Dr. Datta to negotiate and draft licensing and SaaS agreements. In addition, Dr. Datta brings significant experience in patent drafting and prosecution, and excels at helping clients to develop patent strategies that strengthen their portfolios.

“Suparna’s ITC experience coupled with her exceptional legal and technical knowledge is a great addition to our team, and we are thrilled that she is joining us,” said Mintz Member and IP Chair, Michael Renaud. “We are in growth mode, and continue to build out our bench of technologists who are also fantastic attorneys, providing our clients with a complete service.”

Dr. Datta said, “Mintz is a great fit for me and the future of my practice.  The firm’s IP team is market-leading in the International Trade Commission, and I thrive on the fast-paced ITC docket. Several former colleagues are now at Mintz, and are at the heart of the firm’s successful patent litigation practice. I am also impressed with the firm’s commitment to overturning societal inequalities through its pro bono practice, and I look forward to continuing to work with immigrant and refugee children alongside my new colleagues.

Dr. Datta maintains an active pro bono practice, which has included representing immigrant and refugee children on behalf of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). She has also prepared Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), I-360, and guardianship petitions and argued in support of these petitions in immigration courts.

Dr. Datta earned a JD at Suffolk University Law School and holds a PhD in electrical and computer engineering and an MS in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also earned a BS in electrical engineering, with distinction, and BA in mathematics, with distinction, from Cornell University.

Dr. Datta joins Mintz from Maynard Cooper & Gale, and is part of a number of recent additions to Mintz’s leading IP team. In April, the firm hired a team of IP/Life Sciences experts, including Members Dean Farmer and Serge Banini, and Of Counsel James Whittle.

The Mintz IP team consists of more than 115 attorneys, patent agents, and technical advisors who handle the full range of IP services for our clients, including patent litigation and prosecution, trade secrets counseling and litigation, trademark registration and litigation, and technology transactions. We represent companies, academic and research institutions, and individuals innovating in technology-driven industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical technology, semiconductor manufacturing, automotive, data management and analytics, and many more in protecting their most valuable IP assets. More than 30 of the firm’s patent professionals hold PhDs in a spectrum of technical fields, including computer science, electrical engineering, biology, microbiology, and organic chemistry.

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