Manav Das

, Ph.D.


Manav Das is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP. Dr. Das focuses his practice on software related technologies. With experience working in academia, law firms, and in-house legal departments, he offers clients a unique and valuable perspective. In addition to his patent prosecution practice, Dr. Das has experience providing litigation support on patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters, as well as with inter partes reviews.

Dr. Das has worked on a wide range of technologies, including IoT, big data, information security, machine learning, autonomous vehicles, search and query processing, and mobile and e-commerce applications. He has experience counseling small businesses and start-ups, while also preparing and/or prosecuting patent applications for leading global companies in the software, banking, telecommunications, and insurance industries.

Prior to joining MBHB, Dr. Das was Of Counsel at another IP boutique, and a senior corporate counsel and a senior patent portfolio manager at Micro Focus, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, and Hewlett-Packard Company. In these roles, he managed global patent portfolios, worked on a range of in-house IP projects, handled high value and sensitive commercial negotiations with large multinational companies for software products, professional services, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) products, reviewed work of outside and in-house counsel, and counseled senior management, sales executives, inventors, and also legal, business, and research leaders.  In his commercial role, he also managed the in-house non-disclosure agreement process, and regularly worked on data protection, data privacy, indemnification, confidentiality, license compliance, and IP ownership issues.

Outside of his legal practice, Dr. Das is active in several professional societies and serves in a number of leadership roles, including as a Secretary of IPO’s U.S. Patent Practice Committee, a Vice Chair of the IoT Committee of ABA’s Science & Technology Committee, as an Advisory Board Member for the Illinois Patent Hub, and as an editor of the mathematics journal, Real Analysis Exchange.  He also served as a vice chair of the Electronic and Computer Law Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and as a co-chair of its 101 Subcommittee.

Dr. Das was a tenured faculty in mathematics at the University of Louisville, where he conducted research; presented talks at international workshops and conferences; authored several research articles in leading journals; directed doctoral research; served in administrative leadership positions; and taught undergraduate, graduate and seminar level courses in mathematics. He is also an adjunct faculty for Mathematical Sciences at DePaul University. During law school, he was on the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Education, and served as the executive vice president and treasurer for the student Intellectual Property Law Association.

  • J.D., Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville
  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University,


  • M.S., The Ohio State University,


  • B.Sc., St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi,

    Mathematics, with Honors, minor in Physics and Chemistry

Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • Vice Chair, ABA Science & Technology Law Section – Internet of Things
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
    • Secretary, IPO US Patent Office Practice Committee
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)


  • Recipient of the Winner’s Circle Award for patent drafting, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company
  • Selected for a Fulbright Faculty Lectureship in mathematics
  • Recognized with the ABA-BNA Award for Excellence In the Study of Intellectual Property Law