Education

  • Fordham University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2011) Order of the Coif; Member, Fordham Law Review
  • Princeton University (Ph.D., Physics, 2007; M.A. Physics, 2003)
  • California Institute of Technology (B.S., with honors, Physics, 2000)

Kamran Vakili is an associate in the Newport Beach office of Irell & Manella LLP, where his practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property. Dr. Vakili has worked closely with domestic and international clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individual inventors and emerging companies at various stages of growth, to develop, manage and protect patent portfolios. His experience spans the full patent lifecycle, from procurement to enforcement, and also includes patent landscaping, transactions and licensing, due diligence, patent opinions and client counseling. Dr. Vakili has had the opportunity to work with clients across a broad range of industries and technology areas, including electronic devices and circuits, computer software and hardware, wind and hydroelectric energy, digital communications, mobile devices, e-commerce, internet searching and advertising, social networking, game systems, consumer products and financial instruments.

Dr. Vakili previously worked as a technical advisor and patent agent, concentrating on drafting and prosecuting patent applications as well as supporting patent licensing and litigation efforts. Before commencing his legal career in 2006, he worked as a scientific researcher in the field of low-dimensional semiconductor physics. For his doctoral research at Princeton, Dr. Vakili explored self-organizing behaviors of electrons in two dimensions. The results of Dr. Vakili's research have been widely published in academic journals and have been included in a textbook on the subject of interacting electron physics.

Dr. Vakili earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as a member of the Fordham Law Review. He was also recognized as a Wilkinson Scholar during law school, and received the Fordham Law School Prize three years in a row, the Thomas F. Reddy, Jr. Prize in intellectual property law, the Fordham Law Alumni Association Medal in constitutional law, and first prize in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition in copyright law.

Dr. Vakili earned both his Ph.D. and M.A. in Physics from Princeton University and his B.S., with honors, in Physics from the California Institute of Technology, where he was a Carnation Scholar and National Merit Scholar. He is fluent in Farsi.  

Selected Publications

  • "Dependence of persistent gaps at Landau level crossings on relative spin," K. Vakili, T. Gokmen, O. Gunawan, Y. P. Shkolnikov, E. P. De Poortere, and M. Shayegan, Physical Review Letters 97, 116803 (2006). 
  • "Zeeman splitting of interacting two-dimensional electrons with two effective masses," K. Vakili, E. Tutuc, and M. Shayegan, Solid State Communications 140, 285 (2006).
  • "High-mobility AlAs quantum wells with out-of-plane valley occupation," K. Vakili, Y. P. Shkolnikov, E. Tutuc, E. P. De Poortere, M. Padmanabhan, and M. Shayegan, Applied Physics Letters 89, 172118 (2006).
  •  “Spin-dependent resistivity at transitions between integer quantum Hall states,” K. Vakili, Y. P. Shkolnikov, E. Tutuc, N. C. Bishop, E. P. De Poortere, and M. Shayegan, Physical Review Letters 94, 176402 (2005).
  • “Spin susceptibility of two-dimensional electrons in narrow AlAs quantum wells,” K. Vakili, Y. P. Shkolnikov, E. Tutuc, E. P. De Poortere, and M. Shayegan, Physical Review Letters 92, 226401 (2004).
  • “Realization of an interacting two-valley AlAs bilayer system,” K. Vakili, Y. P. Shkolnikov, E. Tutuc, E. P. De Poortere, and M. Shayegan, Physical Review Letters 92, 186404 (2004).
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Bar & Court Admissions

  • 2012, California
  • 2011, New York
  • 2009, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit