Nikhil T. Pradhan

Senior Counsel


Nikhil T. Pradhan is a senior counsel and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is a member of the Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies Practice. Mr. Pradhan has experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications across a broad range of technologies, including energy, automotive, aerospace, computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence, medical device and surgical methods, and control system technologies. Nikhil provides high-level intellectual property counseling, including competitive strategy, clearance, and invalidity/non-infringement opinions. He also provides counsel for litigation, post-grant proceedings, and transactional matters, including performing due diligence and preparing licensing and development agreements.

Nikhil was a summer associate with Foley in 2013. He also served as a summer associate with Ford Motor Company in 2012.

Prior to joining Foley, Nikhil served as an intellectual property intern with the U.S. Forest Service Patent Program. He completed a judicial externship with the Wisconsin State Court of Appeals. During law school, Nikhil worked as a graduate teaching assistant for the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Chemical Engineering Department. He holds experience as a research intern for the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence (CCI).


Nikhil earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 2014), where he served as note & comment editor of the Wisconsin International Law Journal. He received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.Eng., 2014), with a focus on energy technologies. Nikhil received his bachelor’s degree in chemical-biological engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., 2009).


Nikhil is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts.