Navin Ramalingam



Navin is an Associate Attorney in the Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation Group at Robins Kaplan LLP. Navin helps inventors, entrepreneurs, businesses, and IP owners protect and monetize their intellectual property. Navin has a lifelong passion for technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He combines this passion with his strong business acumen to solve complex legal problems for his clients in the most efficient manner possible. Using his distinctive professional experience and strong work ethic, Navin is able to break down intricate legal issues and communicate solutions effectively to a wide array of audience.

Navin is a 2021 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. At law school, Navin was the Editor-in-Chief of the Minnesota Journal of Law & Inequality (Vol. 39), a Student Director at the Consumer Protection Clinic, and a member of the McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition Team. Navin also participated in National Moot Court and Mock Trial, and provided over 50 hours of pro bono legal service. Before law school, Navin was a Management Consultant at Deloitte and Ernst & Young for over six years solving his clients’ problems in the financial regulations and compliance industry, and a Software Developer for around three years. Navin has a Masters in Information Systems from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelors in Information Technology.

Navin was born and raised in the Great State of Tamil Nadu in southern India. He has lived in Chennai, Cincinnati and Chicago, and has extensively traveled the continental United States. During his free time, Navin likes to explore the Minnesota outdoors with his wife and two pups; read magical realism or historical fiction books; brush up his Deutsch; and ride his 2021 Royal Enfield Meteor 350.

Part of the team that represented the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania in a patent infringement action against Eli Lilly, BMS, and ImClone related to the manufacture and sale of Erbitux. Penn asserted US Patent No. 7,625,558 related to treatment of certain cancers using antibodies to erbB receptors followed by radiation therapy. The case was resolved on confidential terms. The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania v. Eli Lilly and Company, et al., No. 15-6133 (E.D. Pa.).

Part of the team that represented Holla d/b/a EXU (HK) Ltd. before the TTAB in successfully opposing trademark registration against iHola!

Part of the team that represented leading provider of direct marketing services in action against former executives and their new employer alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, breaches of contract and breaches of duties of loyalty. Case settled on confidential terms after hearing on cross-motions for summary judgment. IWCO Direct Holdings Inc. v. Nahan Printing, Inc.  

Part of the team that represented Mous Products—maker of premium phone covers who had their products de-listed on Amazon—in reinstating their products without even going through the Amazon Patent Neutral Evaluation proceedings. In Mous Products, Ltd. v BelAir Electronics, Inc.

Part of the team that represented Dr. Richard Tholen, a top Twin Cities plastic surgeon who endured an amputated leg after Assist America refused to evacuate him for proper medical care, in Tholen v. Assist America, wherein a federal jury in Minnesota awarded Dr. Tholen a $27.8 million verdict, including $10 million in punitive damages.

Northstar Lawyer
  • Named a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2022)
  • Class of 2021 Most Outstanding Contribution Award
  • 2021 Minnesota Law Equity & Diversity Award
  • 2021 McGee Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Moot Court Competition Finalist and Best Respondent Brief Winner
  • 2018 Dorothy O. Lareau Legal Writing Best Brief Award for Section 64
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, Mentor (2019)
  • HOME Line, Tenant Advocate (2019)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, Mentor (2017–2018)
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
Spoken Languages
  • Hindi
  • Tamil
  • University of Minnesota Law School (2021)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Minnesota Journal of Law & Inequality (Vol. 39) (2020–2021)
  • Student Director, Consumer Protection Clinic (2020–2021)
  • University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business, Master of Science, Information Systems (2012)
  • Vellore Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Technology, Information Technology (2008)
Professional Associations
  • American Constitution Society Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter, At-Large Board Member (2023)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association; New Lawyers Section DEI Committee, Council Member (2022)
  • Jimmie V. Reyna Intellectual Property Inn of Court
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
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