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Moritz grad uses technological expertise as IP attorney

November 18, 2013 | Alumni

While an undergraduate student majoring in computer science at the University of Rochester, David Easwaran ’07 knew he was interested in technology. Through a minor in political science, he discovered he had an interest in law as well.

“I decided to go to law school to try to put these two interests together,” he said. “It seems like something that not a lot of people do, and that’s how I started down the path of becoming a patent attorney.”

Now, Easwaran is an intellectual property attorney, where he uses his expertise in technology when working with clients like Nokia and other major software and mobile phone companies. He helps clients file their patent applications and works to ensure their ideas are protected. Easwaran works for a law firm called Alston & Bird, which was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 100 best places to work.

“I feel like I’m on a good track,” he said. “I want to get to the point where if there’s a client out there that has any type of need for representation with regard to intellectual property, they can just pick up the phone and call me, and I can be the guy.”

Easwaran credits his experience at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law for preparing him for success in the field. Entering law school, he had a hunch intellectual property law would interest him, but he didn’t want to limit his options. His experience at Moritz, he said, allowed his interests to come to him naturally and then gave him the knowledge to pursue it after graduation.

He took a few classes in patent law and intellectual property at Moritz and was able to delve a little bit deeper in the field as part of The University of Oxford-Ohio State University Summer Law Program.

“It was really nice getting a different and international perspective on the same types of topics,” he said. “That’s actually how I met my wife (Kate (Reichert) Easwaran ’07) too. We had our first real conversation on the plane ride back.”

The couple moved to Washington, D.C. after graduation. While she worked for various governmental agencies, including the Small Business Administration and the Department of Homeland Security, he worked for the United States Patent and Trademark Office for three-and-a-half years, gaining an intricate understanding of how the patent process works.

In 2012, Easwaran made the move to Charlotte, N.C. to work for Alston & Bird, where he said his day-to-day work is more diverse and he enjoys having more direct contact with his clients. It’s not just Easwaran’s career that’s taking off, either. He and his wife are expecting their first child in January.

Though he lives in North Carolina, Easwaran still keeps in contact with many of his friends from Moritz. He’s been able to refer some of his clients to former classmates, and they are doing the same for him.

“I probably approached law school a little bit differently than some people,” he said. “I really wanted to make connections and get to know my classmates because they always say your classmates are going to be your peers for the rest of your career.”