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Danai N. Mhembere focuses her practice on patent prosecution activities related to various technologies including automotive technologies, mechanical devices, medical devices, electromechanical, consumer electronics, and software applications. She has experience in patent landscape analysis, patentability searches, patent application drafting, freedom-to-operate (FTO) analysis, and successfully prosecuting US and foreign patent applications, office actions, and various other papers filed in patent offices across the world.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Danai worked as a patent associate at another global law firm. Prior to beginning her legal career, she worked in the automotive industry for Toyota and General Motors as an engineer.
Danai received her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she received an Intellectual Property Fellowship and graduated with honors, receiving an Intellectual Property Law Certificate from the Center for Law and Intellectual Property. She was also a recipient of the distinguished American Intellectual Property Legal Education Fund (AIPLEF) Sidney B. Williams Scholarship. While in law school, Danai worked as an intellectual property intern at a fortune 500 consumer electronics company, where she performed patent analysis for new technologies related to various consumer electronics products. She was also involved in the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program conducting patent prosecution activities for qualifying clients. Prior to law school, she worked as a patent agent trainee at a startup company.
Danai received her B.S. in mechanical engineering from the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University where she was awarded for outstanding performance as a mechanical engineering sophomore, NSBE Academic Achiever of the Year and Andrea L. Rubin Memorial Award. Danai also received the G.M. Minorities in Engineering & Science Scholarship and the Xerox Technical Minorities Scholarship.
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Intellectual Property, Law360 (2019)
Member, Litigation Department of the Year–Intellectual Property, The American Lawyer (2019)