Babak Kusha

Babak Kusha is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice and is the Co-Chair of the Mechanical and Medical Device Patent team. Babak’s practice emphasizes patent prosecution and counseling, particularly in the electromechanical, mechanical, biomedical, software, semiconductor processing, integrated optics and signal processing arts. His practice includes prosecuting design and utility patent applications for his clients in the communications, consumer products and electronics, construction and heavy equipment, equestrian arts, food and beverage, furniture, medical devices, jewelry and luxury items, lifestyle and apparel, power generation, pumps and turbo machinery industries. He has extensive experience in the field of design law, including strategic design protection and enforcement including coordinating U.S. and International utility and design patent, trademark and copyright protections. Babak counsels clients on various aspects of intellectual property law, including clearance or freedom-to-operate, invalidity and non-infringement issues, competitive analyses, patentability opinions, invention identification and assessment, as well as preparation and prosecution of patent applications. With 15 years of experience as a Registered Patent Attorney and 12 years as a Mechanical and Nuclear Engineer, Babak advises clients on patent strategy for new products, including assisting inventors with invention disclosures; he works closely with the product management team, technical directors, design staff, technical staff and in-house corporate counsel, IP and patent attorneys.

Prior to his work in the legal field, Babak worked for 12 years as an engineer. He held his first engineering position at ABB Impell Corporation, where he specialized in nuclear and fossil fuel power. He then worked with Fluid Dynamics International, initially working with computational fluid dynamics and later opening and managing Fluent’s Western Region office. His clients included many of the world’s leading automotive, aerospace, defense, electronic and power utility corporations.

Professional Organizations

American Bar Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Bar Association of San Francisco

Patent and Trademark Office Society

San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association


Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D. (1999)

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S. (1986)

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S., Mechanical Engineering (1984)

Bar Admissions

California (2000)


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


US Patent Prosecution and Portfolio Development Strategies, August 2010

Studies on the Enhancement of Microchannel Heat Sinks with Mirco-Heat Pipes, May 1998

Heat Sink Numerical Simulation with IcePak using Compact Heat Sink Modeling Techniques, October 1997

Computational Studies on Enhanced Thermal Management of Outdoor Enclosures Using Natural Convection, June 1997

Dynamic Analysis of Hydraulic Systems Using Network Simulations, March 1992