Suhrid Wadekar is a counsel in the firm’s Business Law Department and a member of its IP Transaction & Strategies practice. He is a key contributor to Goodwin’s Founders Workbench, an online resource for start-ups, emerging companies and the entrepreneurial community.
Dr. Wadekar's clients include large corporations such as Ansys, HTC, and Applied Materials, as well as small companies and start-ups and research and educational institutions such as Draper Labs and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dr. Wadekar has advised clients in various patent prosecution and litigation matters related to the following technologies:
- Software systems – including systems for efficient storage and manipulation of large multi-dimensional matrices, lock-free data exchange in massively parallel multi-processor systems, managing performance and loading of hierarchical multiprocessor systems, and analysis and simulation of electronic packages and transmission lines.
- Circuits and hardware systems – including control systems for smart grids, advanced, reconfigurable antenna systems, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) for inertial navigation, VLSI systems for advanced imaging, FPGA-based systems for Big data processing, underwater optical measurement, vehicle tracking, 3G and 4G LTE circuits for cellular networks, speech processing, and light-emitting and laser diode fabrication.
- Medical devices – including non-invasive systems for blood-glucose measurement, laser-based dental treatment, imaging, and diagnosis systems, and electronic controllers for such systems, and external and embedded electro-magnetic coils for treatment of brain disorders.
- Social media, financial services, and advertising systems – including efficient database systems for up to petabyte storage and mining of social media data, systems for secure and fail-proof exchange of financial data, systems for two-factor identification of user devices, targeted advertising and control thereof on mobile platforms, and measurement of advertisement impressions and reach.
- Other devices and systems – such as robotic and biomimetic prosthetic and orthotic devices and electronic control for such devices, satellite and non-satellite based outdoor and indoor geolocation, and network path prediction and performance estimation.
- In re Certain Electronic Imaging Devices, ITC Investigation No. 337-TA-850. Represented a major Chinese mobile phone manufacturer (ZTE) against claims for patent infringement by FlashPoint Technology, Inc. The asserted patents related to adaptable mobile operating systems. Participated in drafting expert reports and statements, and cross-examination of fact witness at trial.
- In re Certain Light-Emitting Diodes and Products Containing the Same, ITC Investigation 337-TA-802. Represented OSRAM in an ITC investigation concerning light emitting diodes (LEDs). The asserted patents were directed to the epitaxial semiconductor structure of an LED. Participated in drafting expert reports and statements, deposition of fact witness, and preparation of expert and fact witnesses for trial.
- Lumenis Ltd. et al v. Alma Lasers, Ltd. et al. (N.D. IL). Represented Alma Lasers, a medical device maker, against patent infringement contending invalidity of patent claims issued after an ex parte reexamination, citing new prior art.
Proceedings before the USPTO
Drafted more than 12 inter partes reexamination requests and inter partes review petitions, and several ex parte reexamination requests. These requests/petitions were related to a range of technologies including speech synthesis, LED manufacturing processes and efficient LED structures, administration of a drug for arthritis, and prosthetic and orthotic devices.
IP Diligence and Freedom to Operate (FTO) Review
Advised clients during mergers and acquisitions and during FTO analysis on issues related to the use of open-source software in medical systems, and systems for online bidding and auctioning, electronic payment, network security and coffee filtration systems.
- An Advisory Engineer/Scientist at IBM Corp., where he served as principal architect of chip-optimization methodology used in the design of state-of-the-art computer chips.
- Sr. R&D Engineer at Synopsys Inc., where he developed software techniques as part of Synopsys Behavioral CompilerTM for automatic synthesis of chips from algorithmic description of such chips.
Boston University School of Law
Doctor of PhilosophyElectrical Engineering (emphasis on Computer Architecture and Algorithms)1998
University of Southern California
Master of ScienceElectrical Engineering (specializing in Digital Communication and Signal Processing)1992
University of South Florida
BSEElectrical Engineering (specializing in Electronics and Telecommunications)1989
University of Pune
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Recognition & Awards
While attending law school, Dr. Wadekar was the Managing Editor for the Boston University Journal of Science and Technology Law. He received the Dean’s Award in Spring 2007 for the Best Overall Performance in Constitutional Law.
Dr. Wadekar is the author and co-author of several articles, book chapters and conference proceedings, including:
- “Autonomous Vehicles: As Machines Learn to Drive, What Must We Learn?,” Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law, Volume 27, Issue 2, Summer 2021
- “Interconnect-based System-level Energy and Power Prediction to Guide Architecture Exploration,” IEEE trans. on VLSI Systems, Volume 12, Issue 4, April 2004
- “A RT Level Verification Method for System on Chip (SoC) Designs,” Intl. SoC Conference, Portland, OR, 2003
- “System-Level Design,” IEEE/CRC Handbook of VLSI Design, Edited by A. M. Dewey, 2000
- “Exploring Cost and Reliability Tradeoffs in Architectural Alternatives Using a Genetic Algorithm,” Intl. Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering, Boca Raton, FL, 1999
- “Accuracy Sensitive Word-Length Selection for Algorithm Optimization,” Intl. Conference on Computer Design, Austin, TX, 1998
- “Estimation of Energy Consumption in Speed Independent Control Circuits,” IEEE trans. on Computer Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, June 1996
- “Universal Nonlinear Component and its Application to WSI,” IEEE trans. on Components, Hybrids and Manufacturing Technologies, November 1993