Attorney at Law
"He is an outstanding attorney, supremely knowledgeable and a brilliant strategist."
Before going solo I completed a federal clerkship followed by four years as an IP litigator at the iconic tech law firm, WSGR.
I have a passion for increasing access to justice, so I balance my law practice by helping consumers. I created an online tool (www.CaliforniaCollectionDefense.com) allowing me to help an unlimited number of economically distressed consumers simultaneously.
Whether you are wearing your entrepreneur hat or your consumer hat, I can probably help. To… read more learn more please visit www.IanChowdhury.com
"Ian Chowdhury has been taking care of all legal matters related to my software-based business for over a decade. He has been involved every step of the way, starting with filing all the required documents for incorporation of a new business and registering the trademarks for the company logo and main products. He then designed the whole portfolio of software licenses that deal with complex issues of dual licensing (combining open-source with traditional closed-source distribution models), intellectual property protection, limitation of liability, warranties of non-infringement, confidentiality, technical support, and indemnification to name just a few. I was amazed how quickly Ian was able to grasp all the nuances of my very special licensing needs and translate them into strong legal contracts. The licenses Ian designed stood beautifully the test of time and scrutiny by over a hundred legal departments in some of the largest companies world-wide. Software licensing based on these license agreements remain the main revenue of the business. The modest fees Ian charged for this outstanding work was the best investment by far the company has ever made. I would highly recommend Ian to any entrepreneur, especially in the high-tech sector."
"Ian Chowdhury has been an invaluable attorney to me and my companies over the last 8 years. I would highly recommend Ian for any of your legal needs. You will find him to be extremely competent, dedicated, honorable…and a nice person. He is an outstanding attorney, supremely knowledgeable and a brilliant strategist. He has settled in my favor, or outright won, virtually every case in which he has represented me. My businesses have varied from light manufacturing to real estate investment and development, and Ian has shown exceptional litigation skill across that full range of business types. I have owed small and medium sized businesses for over 30 years and have dealt with many attorneys, most of whom charge exorbitant fees with marginal results, and have had a propensity to drag out every case. Ian, on the other hand, is an incredible value for my dollar and his work compares more than favorably with any of the high-end attorneys at boutique law firms to whom I ended up paying much more money."
Law Office of Ian Chowdhury
Attorney / Owner
Jun 2004 - Present
After several years at WSGR, I left to start my own practice to focus on the issues of most importance to me: Helping entrepreneurs and consumers.
Whether litigating, securing a trademark, counseling or protecting a pro bono client from a debt collector, for me the underlying goal, always, is to identify the real problem and solve it in the manner that is best suited for the client.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Jan 2001 - Jun 2004
As a litigation associate I worked on challenging intellectual property cases, including trade secret matters, licensing disputes and patent litigation.
I worked one on one with clients, preparing them for depositions, advising them on trademark and trade secret issues.
I drafted complex legal briefs and argued in court on multimillion dollar cases.
Federal Dist. Court for N. Dist. of Cal. / Then Complex Litigation Dept. of Santa Clara County Superior Court
Law Clerk / Head Research Attorney
Feb 1999 - Dec 2000
At the federal court, I clerked for then newly appointed district court judge Jeremy Fogel, doing legal research and writing draft opinions, including construing a 54-claim software patent, the construction of which was affirmed on appeal.
Upon completing my federal clerkship I became the head research attorney for the complex litigation department for the Santa Clara County Superior Court.