Safraz W. Ishmael

Safraz Ishmael is a litigator specializing in 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.

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In recognition of his legal practice, Safraz was selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2019 guide, and he was featured by the national legal publication Law360 as a “Minority Powerbroker.”  Safraz was also named a Massachusetts “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers MagazineHe 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.