Narendra Vaish, Ph.D., JD
“I value the opportunity to support clients remotely from my home office, work with incredible colleagues, and not have to worry about billable hours. Leber IP Law’s work-life balance allows me to be available for my children.”
Before transitioning into patent law, Narendra directed research at various pharmaceutical companies and started his own drug discovery and genomics company to pursue treatment for head and neck cancer. As a highly accomplished drug discovery and biotechnology scientist, his scientific research has been published in various peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Biotechnology, and he is a named inventor in more than 150 patent filings.
While filing so many patent applications, Narendra learned that protecting intellectual property can be complicated and expensive. He thought it might be a good idea to learn more about patents so he could file applications on his own. A colleague suggested that he take an accelerated course as if he were going to take the licensing exam. But studying patent law soon became more than an extra skill. As he found himself excited about what he was learning, he realized that helping other people get patents could allow him to use his science background and give him a better life-balance. The next step was logical: get a law degree.
Now at Leber IP Law, Narendra offers his clients global strategies for protecting and maintaining their intellectual property to meet business goals. With over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceuticals, chemistry, and biotechnology industries, he thoroughly understands the technical and legal challenges clients face in protecting their assets.
Narendra believes his scientific background and MBA help him understand inventors’ needs and equip him to offer suggestions for exploring additional opportunities. For example, Narendra impressed a technology client when he recommended that the client consider filing the patent applications before embarking on business activities to prevent problems later on.
Always eager to deliver outstanding service to his clients, Narendra puts a lot of effort into extensively researching new products or fields. For example, when he did this recently for a CBD client, he did not charge the client for all the research time he spent. On other occasions, Narendra has advised clients not to go further if it was not worthwhile to file a patent application. He commits himself fully to giving clients the best value and establishing trust, a service not always easy to find in other firms.
He’s happy at Leber IP Law because he gets to do intellectually stimulating work while still being available to spend time with his kids. He also gets to avoid the long Seattle commutes! He enjoys chess, trekking outside, and cycling. He enjoys mentoring students on science projects.
As a member of the Washington Law Society and the Washington State Patent Law Association, Narendra also enjoys attending seminars on various law topics and meeting with other attorneys in the community. He likes to interact with entrepreneurs and learn about new technologies.
Nucleic acids drugs and delivery
Proteins and peptides
J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 2018
M.B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2006
Post-doc studies, Max-Planck-Institute for Experimental Medicine and Harvard Medical School
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, 1994
M.S., Chemistry, Lucknow University, 1989
Washington State Bar and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office