IU McKinney Alumna to Join Top-Ranked IP Firm


Spardha SarohaSpardha Saroha, ’13, has landed a job with the top-ranked intellectual property firm in the nation, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP, based in Orange County, California.

“It feels amazing,” to have secured a job as an associate with such a prestigious firm, Saroha said.

She interviewed for the job in Fall 2012. The firm flew her to its California headquarters for an interview, and about 10 days later, Saroha was offered an associate’s position with the firm. She begins her new job in September.

“It will be a lot of learning, initially,” Saroha said she was told of her new duties. She also expects to be writing patents and doing discovery for litigation, in addition to some trademark and copyright cases. She wants to do patent litigation and patent prosecution eventually.

Saroha is originally from New Delhi, and was unsure what course of study she wanted to pursue. She knew she was good at analysis, and proceeded to earn a degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University. She stayed on at Purdue to earn a master’s degree in electrical engineering before turning to the private sector.

She worked as an SAS Analyst at Sony in New Jersey and then moved into the banking industry. Saroha worked as an SAS Analyst for People’s United Bank in Connecticut and as a Senior Analyst for Sovereign Bank in Massachusetts.

Saroha got married while she was working in Massachusetts, and she moved to Charlottesville, to join her husband, Kumar Gaurav, where he was pursuing a Fellowship as a Nephrologist at the University of Virginia.

“Then one fine day he asked me if I wanted to go to law school,” she said, smiling. “I had never told him that I wanted to go, that it was my dream.”

IU McKinney was her first choice for law school. She applied for early decision and was accepted before the winter break. “I thought it was a good place to be because of the location,” she said. The law school’s proximity to downtown enabled her to take on a variety of legal experiences. The full-time faculty and working professionals who teach as adjunct professors as part of the law school’s Center for Intellectual Property and Innovation also were a draw.

Saroha spent the summer after her first year of law school working as an intern for Judge Rudolph Pyle III, when he was on the bench in Madison Circuit Court. She then worked as an intern during the Fall 2011 semester for Judge Michael Rader of the Vigo Superior Court. During the Summer of 2012, Saroha was an associate with Krieg DeVault in the IP department.

She also took advantage of the several opportunities available to McKinney law students through the school. Saroha was Associate Justice of Problem Creation for the National Professional Responsibility Moot Court, was an IP Center research associate, was a member of the IP Center's Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Team, was an officer of the IP Student Association, and was Executive Articles Development Editor for the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review.

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