Kumar Ravula is an associate in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Litigation & Trial Department.

Dr. Ravula advises on intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on patent, trademark, and trade secret disputes. He litigates cases in the federal district courts, at the International Trade Commission (ITC), and at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). His cases have involved a wide array of technologies, including medical devices, semiconductor chips, electronic program guides, voice recognition systems, and lithium-ion batteries.

His experience involves all aspects of IP litigation, including infringement, invalidity, claim construction analyses, depositions, and expert discovery.

Dr. Ravula also has experience in helping clients procure IP assets from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as well as counseling them on strategies for maximizing their worth.

Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Dr. Ravula led an engineering research team at a US national laboratory and worked at a biotech company in Silicon Valley, California.

In addition to his work for corporate clients, Dr. Ravula is active in pro bono matters, working with agencies such as Equip For Equality, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights, and the National Veterans Legal Services Program, to represent the underserved.

Dr. Ravula’s recent experience includes representing:

  • Ford Motor Company in a multi-district patent litigation involving six patents related to wireless communications technologies (In Re Neo Wireless, LLC Patent Litig., E.D. Mich. and PTAB)
  • Philip Morris in a global patent dispute related to e-vaping technologies, resulting in a jury trial victory with a multi-million dollar verdict (Philip Morris Products, S.A. v. R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co., E.D. Va., ITC, and PTAB)
  • Monolithic Power Systems in a patent dispute related to power electronics technologies, resulting in a dismissal with prejudice (Volterra Semiconductor LLC v. Monolithic Power Sys., Inc., D. Del. and PTAB)
  • Big Ass Fans in a patent dispute related to industrial fan system technologies (Delta T, LLC d/b/a Big Ass Fans v. MacroAir Technologies, Inc., C.D. Cal. and PTAB)
  • LG Chem in asserting its trade secrets related to lithium ion batteries against a competitor (Certain Lithium Ion Batteries, Battery Cells, Battery Modules, Battery Packs, Components Thereof, and Processes Therefor, ITC)
  • MModal in a multi-patent dispute related to speech recognition technologies for the healthcare industry (MModal Services Ltd. v. Nuance Communications, Inc., N.D. Ga., D. Del. and PTAB)
  • Alpha Consolidated Holdings and Illinois Tool Works (ITW) in an infringement action related to fuel containers for capless fuel systems (Baker v. Alpha Consolidated Holdings et al., D. Del.)
  • Respondents in successfully defending against allegations of infringement of eight patents relating to set top box technologies (Certain Digital Video Receivers and Related Hardware and Software Components, ITC)
  • Globalfoundries in a multi-patent dispute related to semiconductor devices and fabrication technologies (Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. v. Motorola Mobility LLC, D. Del., W.D. Tex. and ITC)
  • RTC in a multi-patent dispute involving merchandise display systems (RTC Industries, Inc. v. FFR Merchandising, Inc., N.D. Ill.)*
  • YETI in asserting its trademark, trade dress, and patent rights against a competitor; the case settled favorably (Yeti Coolers, LLC v. RTIC Coolers, LLC, W.D. Tex.)*

*Representation prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • Illinois
  • US Patent and Trademark Office


  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law, 2016
    cum laude
  • PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006
  • MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2002
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Duke University, 2000
    magna cum laude

Languages Spoken

  • English