Indiana University Bloomington

Kapil U. Banakar

KapilKapil U. Banakar (’15) has been with Faegre Baker Daniels since graduation.  He began in the firm’s Fort Wayne office, but is now based out of Indianapolis.  Banakar is a member of the firm’s intellectual property group where he focuses his practice on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications primarily in the chemical and mechanical spaces.

During his time in law school, Kapil was a member of the IP Association Executive Board.  He was also a participant in the IP Externship program working with both the U.S. Navy Office of General Counsel in Crane, Indiana as well as the IU Research and Technology Corporation.  In addition, Kapil was a student associate with the Center’s Intellectual Property Clinic under the supervision of Professor Norm Hedges.  Now, as a Maurer alum, Kapil is a PatentConnect volunteer.

Says Kapil, “PatentConnect serves as a great opportunity to not only improve upon an attorney’s patent prosecution skills – such as drafting claims and applications – but also the “soft skills” needed for effective client interaction especially when dealing with clients who may not be well-versed in patent law.  These experiences may not be readily available to a young associate; however, they are crucial to overall development as a patent attorney.”

Through the PatentConnect program Kapil has analyzed prior art searches and communicated findings to inventors, as well as drafted provisional patent applications.   He says, “It is rewarding to assist clients through various portions of the patent process, especially those who may not be able to afford the attorney’s fees associated with such patent services.”

Kapil’s undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering is from Purdue University.  He is a member of the Indiana bar as well as a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  In his spare time, Kapil likes to play pickup basketball and workout.