Pavan K. Agarwal is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He practices in various patent law areas, including patent litigation and licensing, as well as opinions and prosecution. Mr. Agarwal represents numerous high-tech clients, with a focus on electronics and automotive technology companies. He has extensive experience representing manufacturing clients in several patent-heavy U.S. Federal Districts and the International Trade Commission. Mr. Agarwal has been involved in several portfolio level licensing negotiations and also manages patent portfolios, with a focus on representing clients with their strategic cases. He is an active member in the firm's Electronics and IP Litigation Practices and is also a member of the firm’s Appellate and International Practices and the Automotive, Life Sciences, Technology, and Manufacturing Industry Teams.

Firm Leadership

Mr. Agarwal is the immediate past chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. He is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Recognition and Clerkship

Mr. Agarwal was recognized among IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2013 - 2016). The Legal 500 has recognized Mr. Agarwal for his patent work (2010-2011 and 2013-2016). He was also named an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property magazine (2014 and 2015).

Mr. Agarwal served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Alvin A. Schall of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1996-1997).


Mr. Agarwal has served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School and as a patent editor for the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. He regularly lectures both in the U.S. and internationally.


Mr. Agarwal is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School (J.D., with highest honors, 1996), where he was a member of the George Washington University Law Review. He holds an electrical engineering degree, graduating first in his class at the University of Maryland (B.S.E.E., summa cum laude, 1993).

Professional Memberships

Mr. Agarwal is currently a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, American Bar Association and the Giles S. Rich American Inns of Court.


He is admitted to practice in Virginia and Washington D.C. and before both the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.