Esha Bandyopadhyay
Esha BandyopadhyayPartner
For over a decade and a half, Esha has been practicing intellectual property and technology-related commercial litigation and counseling in the Bay Area, with a primary focus on patent disputes. Previously one of the youngest partners at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Esha brings to any team a keen sense of trial strategy and jury presentation. Earlier this year, in Better Mouse Company, LLC v. SteelSeries ApS, et al., Esha successfully led a team of nine attorneys to a defense-side verdict in a case brought by a non-practicing entity in East Texas; the jury deliberated for less than two hours before delivering a verdict of “no infringement.”

Esha has played a key role in numerous other cases, both in District Courts and in the International Trade Commission. In those matters, she has successfully obtained verdicts of patent invalidity, obtained jury verdicts in the millions, and recovered millions in settlements. Esha’s successful outcomes have resulted from winning cases at trial, winning cases on summary judgment motions and motions to dismiss, and prevailing on advantageous claim constructions.

Esha has successfully represented companies ranging in size from Fortune 100 to emerging start-ups, as well as highly innovative inventors. Esha’s patent litigation engagements have involved diverse and technologically complex subject matters ranging from computer hardware, wireless standards, optical character recognition, image processing, anti-virus and encryption software, social media, photo-sharing, medical devices, and various consumer products. Esha also has significant experience with trade secret disputes in high-tech industries, and has litigated numerous copyright, trademark, Internet, and false advertising matters.

In 2000, at the age of 22, Esha received her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). She received her B.A. in Economics, with highest departmental distinction, in 1996 from the University of California, San Diego. At the age of 18, she was the youngest graduate in the history of the university. During her year between college and law school, Esha worked as an Economic Analyst. Earlier in her career, Esha was an associate at Wilson, Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Of Counsel at Perkins Coie.

Esha is frequently invited to serve as a guest speaker and lecturer at Boalt Hall. She is a member of the California bar, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts for the Northern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California, the Eastern District of Texas, the Federal and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States International Trade Commission. She is involved with the Silicon Valley IP Lawyers Association and the Women’s IP Lawyers Association.

In addition to practicing law, Esha is a Pilates instructor and an exponent of Odissi dance (Indian classical dance from the state of Odisha), and performs extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her performances range from solo full-length shows to collaborations with established dance troupes in the U.S. and India. In 2012, she was involved in “East Meets West,” a limited-time engagement collaboration with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.