Neel Sukhatme received his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University, where he was awarded the 2014 Towbes Prize for Outstanding Teaching. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served as Notes Editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, Neel clerked for the Hon. Vaughn R. Walker on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the Hon. Ann Claire Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Neel is licensed to practice law in California and Illinois and previously worked as an associate at the law firm of Latham & Watkins. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering (highest honors) with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Illinois. Neel relies on his technical background both when practicing law as a patent attorney, and as lead programmer and patent counsel for Spindrop, a music technology company that he co-founded in 2010.

Neel has published articles in the Harvard Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, Washington and Lee Law Review, and Harvard International Law Journal. His current research focuses on empirical patent law and law and economics.


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Neel U. Sukhatme & Judd N. L. Cramer, How Much Do Patent Applicants Care About Patent Term? Cross-Industry Differences in Term Sensitivity (working paper). [SSRN]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Neel U. Sukhatme & Ofer Eldar, Will Delaware Be Different? An Empirical Study of TC Heartland and the Shift to Defendant Choice of Venue, 104 Cornell L. Rev. 101-163 (2018).
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Neel U. Sukhatme & Erik Hovenkamp, Vertical Mergers and the MFN Thicket in Television, Antitrust Chron., Aug. 2018, at 1-8.
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Neel U. Sukhatme, "Loser Pays" in Patent Examination, 54 Hous. L. Rev. 165-208 (2016). [WWW] [Gtown Law] [HEIN] [W] [L]
Neel U. Sukhatme, Regulatory Monopoly and Differential Pricing in the Market for Patents, 71 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1855-1922 (2014). [WWW] [Gtown Law] [HEIN] [W] [L]