Suparna's Profile

Dr. Suparna Datta is Of Counsel and a registered patent attorney in Maynard Cooper’s Intellectual Property practice group. She focuses her practice primarily on patent litigation and patent prosecution in the areas of wireless communication systems, optical and magnetic storage systems, error correction codes, and digital signal processing. Dr. Datta has extensive experience litigating complex patent cases, where she has successfully represented clients in both federal district courts and the International Trade Commission.

Dr. Datta has several years of experience as a researcher and engineer in coding and information theory. As a member of the DSP Solutions R&D Center of Texas Instruments, she conducted coding research for 3rd and 4th generation wireless standards. In particular, she investigated and designed LDPC codes for use in mobile wireless ADSL systems.

Dr. Datta has worked with the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center researching their Multimedia Communications System group. Additionally, she was a visiting assistant professor in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department of Northeastern University, where she taught several electrical and computer engineering courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

As a Presidential Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Datta’s doctoral work produced many new results in the area of coding for nonbinary run length-limited channels. She has authored several publications in peer-reviewed journals related to her work.

Dr. Datta received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, where she was the recipient of the Best Oral Advocate award and the Honorable Mention Best Brief award. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her B.S. in electrical engineering, with distinction, and her B.A. in mathematics, with distinction, from Cornell University.

Dr. Datta is a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and the IEEE Information Theory Society.

Dr. Datta is admitted to practice in California, New York, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Alabama, as well as before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Suparna's Experience

Representative Matters

International Trade Commission

  • ZiiLabs Inc., Ltd. v. ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, Nintendo, Nvidia, PNY, and Zotac. Inv. No. 337-TA-1099.
    • Obtained favorable outcomes in Markman hearing, motions for summary determination, and various discovery motions. Successfully licensed all respondents just prior to the evidentiary hearing.
  • ZiiLabs Inc., Ltd. v. AMD, Lenovo, LG, MediaTek, Motorola, Qualcomm, and Sony. Inv. No. 337-TA-1037.
    • Obtained favorable outcomes in Markman hearing and various discovery motions. Successfully licensed all respondents immediately after Markman hearing.
  • FlashPoint Technology, Inc. v. HTC, Pantech, Huawei, and ZTE. Inv. No. 337-TA-850.
    • Successfully obtained a recommendation for a limited exclusion order, and licensed all respondents while Commission review of the initial determination was pending.
  • Digitude Innovations LLC v. Amazon, RIM, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Pantech, Samsung, and Sony. Inv. No. 337-TA-827.
    • Successfully licensed all respondents.

Federal District Court

  • directPacket Research, Inc. v. Polycom, Inc. Northern District of California (19-cv-03918-LHK).
    • Secured stay of patent litigation against client by drafting substantive arguments in three IPR petitions (IPR2019-01233, IPR2019-01234, IPR2019-01235) that were instituted against all claims of the asserted patents. Obtained favorable outcome in motion to compel or strike plaintiff’s infringement contentions.
  • Callwave Communications, LLC v. Google, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, Ring Central, Telovations, 8x8, and Fonality. District of Delaware (1:13-cv-00074, 1:14-cv-00397, 1:14-cv-00398, 1:12-cv-01701, 1:12-cv-01702, 1:12-cv-01703, 1:12-cv-01704, 1:12-cv-01748, 1:12-cv-01788).
    • Obtained favorable outcomes in multiple Markman hearings, motions for summary judgment, and various discovery motions. Successfully licensed all defendants.
  • Employment Law Compliance, Inc. v. Empower Software Solutions, Inc. Middle District of Florida (6:14-cv-00663-GAP-KRS).
    • Secured dismissal of patent litigation against client by drafting and prosecuting an ex parte reexamination that resulted in the invalidation of 89 of 94 asserted patent claims.

Suparna's Accolades

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Patent Law (2022)

Suparna's Publications

  • S. Datta, A. Dabak, and T. Schmidl, “Adaptive Thresholds for HS-SCCH Detection,” U.S. Patent No. 7,680,216, issued March 16, 2010.
  • S. Datta and S.W. McLaughlin, “Optimal block codes for M-ary runlength-constrained channels,” IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory, vol. 47, no. 5, pp. 2069-2078, July 2001.
  • S. Datta and S.W. McLaughlin, “An enumerative method for runlength-limited codes: permutation codes,” IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory, vol. 45, no. 6, pp. 2199-2204, Sept. 1999.

Suparna's Speaking Engagements

  • S. Datta and S.W. McLaughlin, “Optimal block codes for M-ary runlength-limited channels,” IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, Sorrento, Italy, June 2000.
  • S.W. McLaughlin and S. Datta, “Asymptotically Efficient, Binary-Compatible Block Codes for Mary Runlength-Limited Constraints,” Information Theory Workshop Proceedings, Killarney, Ireland, pp. 88-89, June 1998.
  • “An enumerative method for runlength-limited codes: permutation codes," National Storage Industry Consortium (NSIC) Conference, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, November 1998.


State Bar: Alabama, California, Massachusetts, New York, Washington, D.C.

U.S. District Court: Massachusetts, New York (Eastern, Southern)

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

  • Suffolk University Law School
    • (J.D., Best Oral Advocate Award, Honorable Mention Best Brief Award, Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    • (Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Presidential Fellow)

  • Cornell University
    • (B.S. in Electrical Engineering with Distinction, B.A. in Mathematics with Distinction)

Thursday, August 19, 2021

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Monday, January 11, 2021


Birmingham, AL (January 11, 2021) — Maynard Cooper & Gale (Maynard) is pleased to announce that Suparna Datta has joined the Maynard Intellectual Property (IP) practice group as an Of Counsel in the Firm’s Birmingham office. “We are excited to have Suparna join our nationwide Intellectual Property team,” said Sasha...

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