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Sasha Rao

Partner, Maynard Cooper & Gale

Sasha Rao is Co-Chair of Maynard Cooper & Gale's Intellectual Property practice. Sasha is an experienced technology lawyer with an established record of success for some of the world's leading companies.

Sasha advises clients on corporate, transactional, policy and regulatory matters. Sasha's background in physics and her enthusiasm for cutting-edge technologies has led to her being recognized as one of the leading practitioners in the emerging field of autonomy and robotics systems, including autonomous vehicles, drones and UAVs, and connected and artificially intelligent systems. Her legal subject matter expertise includes regulatory, policy, intellectual property, data rights and legal strategy relating to a wide range of industries and technologies.

Sasha also regularly leads intellectual property strategy, portfolio development, and intellectual property and commercial litigation for her clients, including litigation involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, and complex commercial disputes. Her strong technical background has enabled her to quickly master a wide range of technologies. Her technology know-how ranges from wireless devices, computers and software to big data, financial technology, pharmaceuticals and life sciences.

Sasha is registered to practice in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She also represents clients in Patent Office trials, including covered business method (CBM) and inter partes review (IPR) post-grant invalidity challenges available under the America Invents Act.

Sasha was recognized as a “Trailblazer” by the South Asian Bar Association – Northern California (2016); “Top 75 IP Litigator in California” by the Daily Journal (2013); an “IP Star” by Managing IP magazine (2013–2017); one of the “Top 250 Women in IP” by IP Stars (2013–2017); one of the “Women Leaders in Tech Law” by The Recorder (2013–2014); a “Woman of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal (2013) and as a “Rainmaker” by the MCCA’s Diversity & The Bar magazine (2012). Sasha has also been recognized in Who's Who Legal (2013-2017).