Intellectual Property

“This Houston trial boutique dazzles in patent infringement cases across the United States and beyond,” wrote IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2017 in ranking  AZA among the best Texas patent litigation firms for the third year in a row. The international IAM intellectual property magazine survey also named AZA partners Demetrios Anaipakos, Amir Alavi as among the best Texas patent litigators. “They keep the whole case in view and get great results. Its lawyers work with complete integrity and really make you feel like part of the same team,” the magazine stated.

AZA lawyers have experienced great success representing clients in IP and IP-related cases throughout the world, including Europe and the Middle East. We regularly handle patent infringement, trademark, copyright and trade secret cases and AZA was named one of the 10 largest IP firms in Houston in 2016 by the Houston Business Journal.

Our patent litigation lawyers’ experience is in industry sectors including energy, technology, chemistry, biochemistry, telecom, hardware and software, and transportation. We have had success representing both plaintiffs and defendants in IP cases.

AZA’s IP patent stable includes partners Mr. Anaipakos, Mr. Alavi and Steve Mitby; and Of Counsel David Warden and Brian E. Simmons. Three on the team are board certified civil trial lawyers, and three on the team including associate Alisa Lipski are licensed as patent attorneys before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A number of our lawyers have formerly been chemists, engineers, electrical engineers and biochemists. AZA lawyer Ifti Ahmed, a former engineer, served as a law clerk to both Judge Alan D. Lourie of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and to Judge John Ward of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

We also have lawyers who focus on trademark, copyright and trade secret cases. We’ve seen an uptick in trade secret cases, especially in the energy industry, and we’ve handled them successfully both for companies claiming the theft and for executives defending against a claim. We’ve also defeated trademark infringement claims for some clients and steadfastly protected trademarks and copyrights for other clients.

Examples of cases our lawyers have handled include:

  • AZA lawyers were called in a few months before trial and developed a previously untapped lost profits claim theory. On the eve of trial, the Court dismissed everything but the lost profits model that AZA developed. With AZA’s help, Versata won the nation’s second largest patent verdict in 2011 at $391 million, according to Verdict Search. Versata Software Inc. v. SAP America Inc., et al.
  • AZA beat the odds when it obtained a $15.7 million jury verdict in Marshall federal court in the Eastern District of Texas in a 2015 patent infringement case. Jurors deliberated only one hour to find that Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. infringed on two Rembrandt Wireless Technologies LP patents covering Bluetooth technology. The victory received widespread press coverage, including from technology-related publications that had put the odds against AZA winning this case. Rembrandt Wireless Technologies LP v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al.
  • AZA is overseeing potentially precedent-setting intellectual property cases in the U.S. and Germany for the owner of six families of voice coding patents that are essential to the wideband speech audio coding standard for high-definition voice in mobile telephony known as Adaptive Multi-Rate-Wideband (“AMR-WB”).
  • AZA defended Mistras Group, Inc., a major nondestructive testing provider, against claims for trademark infringement and dilution brought by Sentinel Integrity Solutions Inc. Sentinel brought a claim for $8 million in damages. AZA not only won on the trademark infringement claim with the federal judge, but got the jury to agree to invalidate the trademark. Sentinel Integrity Solutions, Inc. v. Mistras Group, Inc.



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