Patel spent four years as Managing Editor of Engadget where he was responsible for reporting and explaining legal situations in everyday terminology. SAY Media named Patel one of the 10 "Voices that matter" in technology journalism. Throughout his career, he has appeared on CNN, CNN International, NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, Sky News, NHK, G4TV, TWiT, and among many others. Patel is also a co-host for The Vergecast. Andrew Beaujon of the Poynter Institute cited Patel's work at The Verge as an example of how lawyer-journalists are useful for news websites.