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Mukund H. Sharma

Mukund H. Sharma

Align Technology
Senior Patent Counsel
San Jose, CA, USA


Mukund is Senior Patent Counsel at Align Technologies. At his present position, he manages strategic patent portfolio development for a large portion of the company’s biomechanical, materials, and software patent portfolios. He also supports the company’s R&D program through training, invention mining, and ongoing communications with technical and business teams.

Before joining Align, Mukund was an associate in an AmLaw 100 law firm’s IP group, where he strategically developed patent portfolios for early stage companies, venture-backed start-ups, and established companies. Technology areas included computer and mobile device hardware, mobile applications, cloud computing systems, wireless devices and systems, power devices and circuits, and media technologies. He also conducted numerous appellate and post-grant proceedings, and supported patent and commercial high-technology litigation, including a consumer class action involving hard-disk drives.

Before law school, Mukund was a design engineer at Unisys, where he helped design ASICs, security software, and low-level and middleware for Windows enterprise servers. He is an inventor on U.S. Pat. 7321992, entitled “Reducing application downtime in a cluster using user-defined rules for proactive failover.”

Mukund started his legal career at the Law Office of the Federal Public Defender, where he investigated and helped with factual development of complex federal capital habeas corpus cases, federal criminal cases, and cases involving military justice. During this time, he conducted numerous hearings in federal district court. He was on the pre-trial habeas defense team and was one of two defense attorneys to conduct the initial defense client interview in one of the largest war crimes cases in recent history. He previously held a TS//SCI clearance.
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