Excelling in intellectual property law

Loyola alumnus Atanu Das (JD ’06) is an attorney at Guntin & Gust in Chicago. He focuses his practice on patent procurement as well as client patent portfolio development and management. He also serves as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the School of Law, where he teaches Intellectual Property Law, Cyberlaw, Patent Prosecution Seminar, and Patent Law. “Loyola law students are smart, hardworking, and inquisitive about learning, which promotes a lively and thought-provoking classroom experience. I enjoy serving as a facilitator for learning the law.”

In addition to a robust offering of courses focused on active learning, IP students at Loyola benefit from a variety of co-curricular opportunities, including networking events, individual counseling, and externship opportunities. “Loyola offers excellent experiential learning opportunities in intellectual property law to its students, which provides them with the opportunity to gain specialized training in law school to make them more practice-ready when they graduate.”

A leading expert in several emerging areas of IP law, including wireless communication systems, Das has written several scholarly article that have been published in top journals across the country: “Crossing the Line: Department of Homeland Security Unconstitutional Border Search of Mobile Device Data" University Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change (forthcoming 2019); "Unlimited Data Search Plan: Warrantless Border Search of Mobile Device Data Unconstitutional for Violating the Fundamental Right to Informational Privacy" St. John's Law Review (forthcoming 2019); and "Chilling Social Media: Warrantless Border Search of Social Media Infringes the Freedom of Association and the Freedom to be Anonymous of the First Amendment" Brooklyn Law Review (forthcoming 2019).

Having worked with a number of emerging companies on IP protection strategy and complex technologies in such areas as analog circuit design, and telecommunication devices, Das encourages students interested in practicing IP law to take advantage or Loyola’s rich classroom experience. “Knowledge is key. I encourage my students to enroll in as many IP courses as possible.  It’s also beneficial to take courses that intersect with IP, such as licensing, negotiation, and advocacy that will help during practice. Also, if students plan to practice patent law, I recommend that they pass the patent bar while in law school when they will have more time to prepare for the exam.”   

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