Hemavathy Perumal, Attorney Attorney

Legal Background

Hemavathy Perumal is an associate attorney at SHERMAN IP LLP. Hema is a member of the State Bar of California (2010) and has been granted limited recognition to practice in patent matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) (2011).


Hema received her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (2004). She received her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law (2010). At Pepperdine, Hema was the recipient of numerous academic scholarships and was a Teaching Fellow. She served as the Lead Articles Editor for Pepperdine’s Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship and the Law.

Legal Expertise

Hema’s Intellectual Property practice primarily focuses on patent preparation and prosecution. She prepares and prosecutes domestic patent applications in a wide range of technologies, including computer technologies, neurosynaptic computing, electronics, semiconductors, telecommunications and network technologies, digital and analog signal processing, circuit design and storage devices. She also handles international Intellectual Property portfolios for various clients and provides analysis of inventive technology for procurement of patents worldwide.

Other Professional Experience

Prior to attending law school, Hema worked in development of investment analytics software.

While at Pepperdine, Hema interned at the Appellate Division of the Los Angeles Superior Court for the Honorable Judge Fumiko Wasserman. She also externed at the Mediation Unit of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Los Angeles Division.

Get To Know Hema

In her free time, Hema enjoys pouring over cookbooks and testing out recipes in the kitchen. When she is not cooking, she can be found either yelling at the television watching a soccer match, or digging through crates of musty vinyl at yard sales and thrift stores in search of albums to add to her record collection.