Pavan K. Agarwal is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP with decades of experience advising clients on business impacts of patents throughout its lifecycle. His practice is centered on patent law and trade secret law, with concentration on patent litigation and licensing, opinions and counseling (including patent prosecution). Pavan represents numerous clients in a variety of technical areas, with emphasis on electronics and automotive technology companies, including in leading edge areas including artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles. In patent disputes, he has extensive experience representing manufacturing and high tech clients in several patent-heavy U.S. Federal Districts, the International Trade Commission, and in post-grant proceedings (mostly inter partes reviews) in front of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). He has litigated numerous cases and conducted licensing negotiations relating to standard essential patents (SEPs). 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 and Technology Industry Teams.

Firm Leadership

Pavan is currently Chair of the firm’s Innovative Technology sector and formerly served as Chair of the Intellectual Property Department and member of the Management Committee.

Recognition and Clerkship

Pavan has been recognized numerous times in IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, The Legal 500, and as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.

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

Representative Matters

  • Represented major electronics company in numerous U.S. patent infringement litigations related to their laptops, tablets and related consumer electronics, in a variety of technologies including Wi-Fi, encryption/decryption and authentication, computer architecture, hard disk drive, and camera technology.
  • Represented major automotive supplier in series of inter partes reviews on patents that were asserted against certain automakers in district court litigation. Two of the IPRs were quickly (favorably) resolved shortly after the IPR petitions were filed. The USPTO PTAB instituted proceedings on the two remaining patents, and issued final decisions invalidating the asserted claims of these patents.
  • Represented leading chipmaker in patent infringement and trade secret litigations in Federal District Court, as well as patent infringement litigation in the International Trade Commission (ITC). Technologies include graphics processing, memory control, semiconductor processing, and phased arrays.
  • Represented Greene’s Energy Company before U.S. Supreme Court in a case concerning constitutionality of inter partes review proceedings.

Affiliations and Thought Leadership

Pavan regularly lectures both in the U.S. and internationally, emphasizing leading edge legal and cutting edge technical trends. He has spoken and written about artificial intelligence trends, connected cars and autonomous vehicles, and wireless communications.

Pavan has previously served as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School and as a patent editor for the Federal Circuit Bar Journal.


  • The George Washington University Law School (J.D., with highest honors, 1996)
    • Member, The George Washington University Law Review
  • The University of Maryland (B.S.E.E., summa cum laude, 1993)
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Graduated first in his class

Professional Memberships

  • Member, The American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, The American Bar Association
  • Member, The Giles S. Rich American Inns of Court


  • Virginia
  • Washington, D.C.
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office