Sasha Rao is Chair of Maynard Cooper & Gale's Intellectual Property Practice. Sasha is a seasoned technology and life sciences lawyer with an established record of success for some of the world's leading companies.
Sasha advises clients on corporate, transactional, policy and regulatory matters. Sasha's background in physics and her enthusiasm for cutting-edge technologies has led to her being recognized as one of the leading practitioners in the emerging field of autonomy and robotics systems, including autonomous vehicles, drones and UAVs, urban air mobility and connected and artificially intelligent systems. Her legal subject matter expertise includes regulatory, policy, intellectual property, data rights and legal strategy relating to a wide range of industries and technologies.
Sasha also regularly leads intellectual property strategy, portfolio development, and intellectual property and commercial litigation for her clients, including litigation involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, and complex commercial disputes. Her strong technical background has enabled her to quickly master a wide range of technologies. Her technology know-how ranges from wireless devices, computers and software to big data, financial technology, pharmaceuticals and life sciences.
Sasha is registered to practice in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She also represents clients in Patent Office trials, including covered business method (CBM) and inter partes review (IPR) post-grant invalidity challenges available under the America Invents Act.
Sasha's success and talents in the IP field have earned her recognition by The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Litigation: Intellectual Property. In 2013, 2014 and again in 2017, The Recorder recognized Sasha as one of the "Women Leaders in Tech Law." She was also recognized as a “Trailblazer” by the South Asian Bar Association – Northern California (2016); “Top 75 IP Litigator in California” by the Daily Journal (2013); an “IP Star” by Managing IP magazine (2013–2017); one of the “Top 250 Women in IP” by IP Stars (2013–2017); a “Woman of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal (2013) and as a “Rainmaker” by the MCCA’s Diversity & The Bar magazine (2012). Sasha has also been recognized in Who's Who Legal (2013-2017) and California Super Lawyers for Intellectual Property Litigation every year since 2014. .