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Safraz W. Ishmael specializes in resolving technology-related disputes, with a particular emphasis on complex patent, trade secret, copyright, and trademark litigation. He holds a graduate degree in physics, and undergraduate degrees in physics and computer science.

Safraz represents some of the world’s major technology companies in intellectual property disputes, including Mitsubishi Electric, Panasonic Corporation, Sony Corporation, U.S. Philips, and Scheidt and Bachmann. Safraz represents his clients in all phases of the trial and appeal process in federal courts throughout the country, as well as in the United States International Trade Commission and in inter partes review proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

In recognition of his legal practice, Safraz was named a Massachusetts “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine, and was featured by the national publication Law360 as a “Minority Powerbroker.” He has been quoted and/or appeared in such publications as the Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, Law360, National Law Journal, IP Frontline, and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Safraz has extensive experience representing clients in patent and trade secret disputes concerning a broad range of technologies, including internet services and systems, computer software, network protocols, network switches, smart phones, embedded systems, authentication systems, GPS navigation systems, cellular telecommunications protocols, voice recognition systems, digital television systems, digital data compression, semiconductor manufacturing systems, lasers, fiber optic systems, medical diagnostic devices, surgical devices, engine systems, and general mechanical systems.  

Safraz is the Editor in Chief of Proskauer’s New England IP Blog, providing commentary and analysis on significant intellectual property developments and events in New England, as well as on national issues that impact New England companies. Active in Boston’s legal community, Safraz serves on the Board of Directors of the Boston Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, and previously served on the Board of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston.

Safraz is also active in Boston’s entrepreneurship and service community, serving on the Board of Directors of Seeding Labs, a nonprofit that sends surplus lab equipment to scientists in developing countries, as well as volunteering his time as a mentor at NeuroLaunch, an accelerator program for neuroscience related startup companies.

Prior to attending law school, Safraz worked on spacecraft instrumentation projects as a graduate research assistant at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Recent Litigation Matters:

  • StrikeForce Technologies, Inc. v. VASCO Data Security, Inc. (D. Mass.). Safraz is defense counsel for VASCO in a patent litigation filed by StrikeForce, concerning data security and authentication systems.
  • MMI v. Apple, Inc. (D. Del.). In September 2016, Safraz represented MobileMedia Ideas in a jury trial win against Apple. The jury found that Apple’s iPhones infringed a Sony-developed patent relating to call alerts technology. Safraz previously represented MMI in a 2012 jury trial win against Apple where the jury found that Apple’s iPhones infringed three smartphone technology patents, developed by Nokia and Sony.

  • eDekka LLC v. Choxi.com (E.D. Tex.). Safraz was lead counsel for Choxi in its defense against a patent lawsuit brought by non-practicing entity, eDekka. The lawsuit accused Choxi’s electronic shopping cart feature of infringing an eDekka patent. After the court invalidated eDekka’s patent for lack of patent eligible subject matter, the case against Choxi was dismissed.
  • Energetiq Technology, Inc. v. ASML Netherlands B.V. et al. (D. Mass., ITC, IPR). Safraz represented Energetiq, a small technology company making advanced light sources for semiconductor manufacturing, in a complex patent infringement, business fraud, and unfair competition lawsuit against ASML. The case involved over two dozen inter partes review petitions at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Zenith Electronics LLC, Panasonic Corp., U.S. Philips Corp. v. Sceptre, Inc. (C.D. Cal.). Safraz represented Zenith, Panasonic, and U.S. Philips in a complex patent lawsuit against Sceptre, involving FRAND-related antitrust counterclaims. The case concerned Sceptre’s digital televisions and their infringement of standard essential patents concerning the ATSC digital television standard.
  • Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Koninklijke Philips N.V., Thomson Licensing, GE Technology Development Inc., Panasonic Corp., and Sony Corp. v. Motorola Mobility LLC (S.D. Fla.). Safraz represented Mitsubishi, Philips, Thomson, GE, Panasonic and Sony in a standard-essential patent litigation against Motorola concerning Motorola’s set-top boxes and their use of the MPEG-2 digital compression standard.
  • MMI v. BlackBerry (N.D. Tex., IPR). Safraz represented MobileMedia Ideas in a complex patent lawsuit against BlackBerry. The case involved one of the very first inter partes review proceedings at the U.S. Patent Office. The case was settled after BlackBerry entered into a licensing agreement.
  • Placemark Investments, Inc. v. Prudential Investments, LLC and Envestnet, Inc. (N.D. Tex.). Safraz represented Placemark in a patent infringement lawsuit against Prudential and Envestnet, alleging that the Envestnet Wealth Management Solutions system infringed a Placemark patent. After Envestnet acquired Placemark, in a deal that was publicly announced to be valued at $66 million, the case was dismissed.
  • Zenith Electronics LLC, Panasonic Corp., U.S. Philips Corp., and The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York v. ViewSonic Corp., Curtis International Ltd., and Craig Electronics (S.D. Fla.). Safraz represented Zenith, Panasonic, U.S. Philips, and Columbia University in a series of patent litigations against ViewSonic and other digital television companies, relating to transmission and reception of digital television signals, and the ATSC digital television standard.
  • Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Koninklijke Philips N.V., Thomson Licensing, GE Technology Development Inc., Panasonic Corp., and Sony Corp. v. ViewSonic Corp., Curtis International Ltd., and Craig Electronics (S.D. Fla.). Safraz represented Mitsubishi, Philips, Thomson, GE Technology, Panasonic and Sony in a series of patent litigations against ViewSonic and other digital television companies, relating to compression of digital signals, and the MPEG-2 digital compression standard.
  • Analog Devices, Inc. v. Knowles Electronics, Inc. (D. Del., N.D. Ill., ITC). Safraz represented Analog in a series of litigations against Knowles relating generally to MEMS microphones.