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Selected for the 2015
Pathfinder Program
of the Leadership Council
on Legal Diversity
Preetha Chakrabarti, Associate New York
Phone: +1 212.895.4327
590 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-2544

Preetha Chakrabarti is an associate in Crowell & Moring's New York office and is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property and Environment & Natural Resources groups. Preetha's intellectual property practice consists of patent litigation, with an emphasis on representing generic pharmaceutical companies in litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act, as well as matters related to trademark infringement, including opposition proceedings with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Preetha also performs due diligence relating to intellectual property issues in corporate transactions and assists clients with trademark clearance and the filing of trademark and patent applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in a variety of industries, ranging from software to apparel, fashion, retail, luxury, beauty, and wearable technology. In particular, Preetha advises clients in the retail and fashion industries on how best to manage risks when using and developing intellectual property. Preetha's experience with the Environment & Natural Resources Group includes assisting clients with regulatory issues arising under the Administrative Procedure Act, TSCA, FIFRA, CERCLA, the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), and various federal and state environmental laws.

Representative Engagements

  • Spark Networks USA, LLC v. Smooch Labs, Inc., No. 14-cv-9027 (S.D.N.Y.) (represented plaintiff in patent and trademark infringement action).
  • LifeNet Health v. Lifecell, No. 13-cv-00486 (E.D. Va.) (represented plaintiff in patent infringement action involving a tissue graft patent as part of a litigation team that obtained a jury verdict of over $34 million).
  • Pfizer Inc. et al. v. Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc., No. 11-cv-914 (D. Del.) (represented Actavis in a patent infringement case concerning Actavis’ ANDA for a generic version of Embeda® (morphine sulfate and naltrexone hydrochloride)).
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. et al. v. Handa Pharmaceuticals, LLC and Par Pharmaceutical, Inc., No. 11-cv-840 (N.D. Cal.), and Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Handa Pharmaceuticals, LLC v. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. et al., 13-cv-1927 (N.D. Cal.) (represented Handa and Par in patent infringement cases concerning Par’s ANDA for a generic version of Dexilant® (dexlansoprazole)).

Preetha's pro bono practice includes cases involving immigration, family, and employment law, as well as IP counseling for non-profit entities. Preetha also successfully represented Sandra Avery, a woman sentenced to life in prison for a non-violent, low-level drug crime, who sought commutation of her sentence from President Obama, reducing her life sentence to time served. Sandra was one of the 95 non-violent drug offenders to whom President Obama granted clemency in December 2015. In recognition of her pro bono contributions, Preetha received the firm’s 2015 George Bailey Award.

Preetha received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2012, where she graduated magna cum laude, was a Stein Scholar for the Public Interest and a notes & articles editor for the Environmental Law Review. While in law school, Preetha worked as an extern for the Legal Aid Society in New York and the U.S. Attorney's Office, Criminal Division, Southern District of New York. During her final semester of law school, Preetha participated in LawWithoutWalls, a part-virtual collaboratory that develops problem-solving and project management business skills necessary to provide effective legal services in today's global, multi-disciplinary, and cross-cultural marketplace. Preetha's group placed first in key presentation categories, and overall, the group was one of three finalists. 

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Preetha worked as a science teacher and administrator at both private and public schools in the New York City metropolitan area. She received her B.A., cum laude, in biology and classics from Brown University and an M.A. from Columbia University, Teachers College, in secondary science education.


Admitted to practice: New York, New Jersey, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, U.S. District Court for New Jersey, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit



Empire State Counsel for Pro Bono Service, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016
Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award, 2016

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