Xavier Pillai specializes in intellectual property law, particularly in patent law relating to chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. He is involved in preparation of patent applications, patent filing and prosecution with the USPTO. He directs patent procurement in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, China, India, Singapore, Mexico, and many other countries. He also provides opinions on patentability of inventions, patent infringement, patent validity, and patent challenges including inter partes reviews and patent re-examinations.
Prior to joining Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd., Dr. Pillai worked as a research scientist at Allied Signal, Inc. in the area of polymer membranes for water desalination and gas separation applications. During his Ph.D., he carried out synthesis and evaluations of polymers and copolymers containing oxazoline monomers and ethylene oxide monomers for electrical battery separator applications. He is the named inventor of seven U.S. patents and has ten publications on polymer synthesis and polymer membranes.