Laba Karki, Ph.D

Registered Patent Attorney

Intellectual Property and Emerging Technologies Practice Group

Professional Experience

Laba Karki, Ph.D., is a registered patent attorney in the Intellectual Property and Emerging Technologies Practice Group.  He concentrates his practice in preparing, prosecuting and counseling clients on chemical, nano-tech, bio-fuel, pharmaceuticals & traditional medicine including polymer technologies arising especially from the Middle East and Asia. He has been practicing intellectual property law for over 12 years, including with the internationally known law firm of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP in their Chem-Biotech group.  He integrated his science background with patent law by attending evening law school at the George Washington University Law School while working daytime as a patent agent with another international firm of Hunton & Williams LLP.

Dr. Karki is accomplished in all aspects of chemical and bio-pharmaceutical patent law including but not limited to preparing and prosecuting provisional, utility and PCT applications, strategic patent counseling, rendering freedom to practice (FTP), non-infringement and invalidity opinions, IP due diligence in mergers & acquisitions, managing patent prosecution portfolios, assisting with patent litigation and experts, prior art searching with particular emphasis on polymers, pharmaceuticals, drugs, formulations,  industrial processes and chemicals.

He has published many research papers in the field of charge transfer in inorganic metal complexes and semiconductor nano-crystals, ultrafast laser and Stark spectroscopies including photosynthesis.  He has also published law review articles on different patent law topics.

Dr. Karki is active with pro-bono work and has represented indigent clients regarding political asylum, social security disability as well as immigration removal defense before Federal and State courts.

Bar Admissions

    • Virginia
    • District of Columbia
    • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) - Registered Patent Attorney


    • George Washington University Law School, J.D.
    • Yale University, P.D.F.
    • Northwestern University, Ph.D.
    • Davidson College, B.S., Cum Laude

Honors and Awards

    • Pro bono Recognition Award

Additional Languages

    • Nepali
    • Hindi