Anand Sharma, managing partner of Finnegan, tries cases before judges and juries across the country, and manages patent portfolios for several multi-billion dollar companies. A former NASA software engineer, Anand comfortably handles complex technologies, including data storage and software solutions, telecom, medical devices, automotive systems, polymer films, industrial manufacturing, and consumer appliances and electronics.
Anand leads teams of Finnegan attorneys in litigation and strategic patent planning. He works in all areas of patent law, from litigation in U.S. district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to strategic client counseling at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Whether managing patent litigations or patent portfolios, Anand develops client-specific strategies and leads experienced teams to implement them. He is a first-chair litigator, with experience in jury and bench trials. He has examined dozens of witnesses at trial, argued key motions, and successfully led clients through complex settlement negotiations and numerous mediations.
Beyond his litigation practice, Anand has drafted patentability, validity, and infringement opinions, as well as patent applications. In addition, he counsels clients on strategic patent planning in areas such as patent procurement, post-grant proceedings, interferences, licensing, and pre-enforcement considerations.
A frequent lecturer on patent-related matters, Anand speaks at conferences sponsored by various industry and legal associations, including the National Bar Association, the Confederation of Indian Industry, and the National Association of Software and Service Companies. As an adjunct professor at Howard University, he taught patent law at the College of Engineering and the Law School.
Anand has held several leadership and management roles at the firm. He served as Finnegan’s first chair of its diversity and inclusion committee, and as leader of the mechanical practice group. He was a member of the management committee, and co-leads the firm’s India practice.
Prior to entering the legal profession, Anand worked as a spacecraft and software engineer at National Aeronautics and Space Administration “NASA” Goddard Space Flight Center.