Faculty and Administration Profiles

Atanu Das

Title/s:  Distinguished Scholar in Residence



Prof. Das is a Senior Scholar in Residence for Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he teaches several different intellectual property courses that include Cyberlaw, Introduction to Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law, and Patent Prosecution Seminar.

Cyberlaw: Topics include the bounds of jurisdiction, privacy, governance, online commercial transactions, and content protection (through IP law, contract, and technology).

Introduction to Intellectual Property: Topics include Trade Secrets, Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, and the Right of Publicity.  Assigns real world projects to discuss current issues in various aspects of Intellectual Property Law.

Patent Law/Patent Prosecution Seminar:  Covering different topics in patent law including drafting claims, application, response to office action as well as providing opinions, drafting claim constructions and summary judgment briefs with oral argument.

Atanu Das is also an attorney at Guntin & Gust in Chicago.  His practice focuses on patent procurement as well as client patent portfolio development and management.  He also has experience with due diligence and rendering legal opinions regarding patentability, freedom-to-operate, infringement, and patent validity. 

Prof. Das’ electrical engineering background and wide range of experience allows him to draft and prosecute patents in the electrical, computer, and mechanical arts as well for software and business methods.  Also, Prof. Das has worked with a number of emerging companies and counsels them in their intellectual property protection strategy according to their particular needs.  Further, his strong technical background allows him to deal with a variety of complex technologies in such areas as analog circuit design, wireless communication systems and digital signal processing as well as telecommunication devices and data networking technologies.

Prof. Das also has significant litigation experience that is invaluable in his patent preparation, prosecution, and counseling practices by being able to anticipate potential enforceability and licensing pitfalls for his clients. His litigation background includes drafting complaints, answers to complaints, and motions. Further, he has managed the discovery phase of different litigations, including producing and reviewing documents, drafting discovery requests, and writing discovery motions. In addition, he has analyzed different patent issues to prepare infringement contentions and claim construction briefs.

Prior to his law career, Prof. Das worked for a leading telecommunications equipment manufacturer as a systems engineer. In this role he directed and contributed in the development of network and system specifications for Data Networking and Telecommunications product platforms. Further, he provided consulting and counseling within product development teams to identify corporate strategies for new product introduction. In addition, he researched innovative product ideas and drafted original specifications as deliverables to product design teams.

Prof. Das has published on a wide range of subjects in an array of publications.  His publications include “The After Effects of In Re Bose” by E. Moran and A. Das in Snippets, Vol. 8, Issue 2, Spring 2010,  “An ‘Adequate’ Education Needs an ‘Adequate’ Approach to School Funding,” by A. Das in 12 Public Interest Law Report 81, Spring 2007, and “Diffusion Approximations for a Single Node Accessed by Congestion Controlled Sources,” by A. Das and R. Srikant in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Oct. 2000, vol. 45, no. 10, pp. 1783-1799.


BS, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Electrical Engineering, 1996
MS, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Electrical Engineering, 1998
JD, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2006

Program Areas


Intellectual Property Law

Patent Law

Patent Prosecution Seminar