Sheila Mortazavi handles all phases of intellectual property litigation and counseling, with a particular emphasis on patent infringement litigation and contentious patent office proceedings. Sheila advises clients on litigation strategy, as well as on the procurement and transfer of IP rights, negotiation of licenses, and the validity and enforceability of IP rights. She has also represented clients in unfair competition and trademark matters.
Sheila has over 20 years of experience litigating cases in federal and state courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and the International Trade Commission (ITC). She has litigated cases involving diverse technology areas, including automotive components and systems, manufacturing processes, consumer electronics, computer hardware and software, internet business methods, telecommunications, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. Throughout her extensive career, Sheila has counseled global companies such as Avaya, Bosch, Kawasaki, Olympus, Sony, and Toyota, as well as smaller companies and individuals.
In 2018, Sheila was recognized as one of only 38 Women of Influence by the New York Business Journal. She was also named one of the Top Women in Law by the New York Law Journal in 2016. Sheila was selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list for intellectual property litigation from 2016 – 2020, and in 2013 and 2014 she was selected as a “Rising Star” in intellectual property.
Sheila was previously a partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth and Kenyon & Kenyon LLP.
- Blair v. Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc. (SDNY, PTAB, CAFC) Lead counsel, Kawasaki Rail Car. Patent infringement case and two related inter partes review proceedings relating to a design for a television system in subway cars. All claims challenged in both IPRs were found unpatentable by the PTAB, and the Federal Circuit affirmed.
- In the Matter of Certain Consumer Electronic Devices, Including Televisions, Gaming Consoles, Mobile Phones and Tablets, and Network-Enabled DVD and Blu-ray Players. Represented Sony in an ITC case where ARRIS accused Sony PlayStation gaming consoles, TVs, mobile phones and tablets, and the PlayStation Vue service of patent infringement.
- C-Cation Technologies v. Comcast, et al. (E.D. Tex.) Counsel for C-Cation in a case relating to communications systems and methods for allocating data signaling channels. Case settled favorably on the brink of trial.
- Data Carriers v. Avaya and Data Carriers v. Sony Computer Entertainment America, et al. (D. Del.). Defended Avaya and Sony against claims of patent infringement relating to predictive text features.
- HumanEyes Technologies v. Sony, et al. and In the Matter of Certain Cameras and Mobile Devices (D. Del., ITC). Defended Sony in patent litigations relating to 3D camera technology. The Federal Circuit affirmed successful IPR decisions.
- Sony Corp. v. LG Electronics U.S.A. Inc., et al. (multiple jurisdictions). Represented Sony in a series of multi-patent worldwide litigations against LG Electronics involving telecommunications standards, cell phone features, Bluray DVD technology, and televisions and computer monitors.
- UCB Manufacturing v. Tris Pharma, et al. (N.J. state court). Defended Tris Pharma at a preliminary injunction hearing involving trade secret and unfair competition claims. The court denied the preliminary injunction.
- Given Imaging v. Olympus (E.D. Pa). Represented Olympus in cross patent infringement suits relating to capsule endoscopes.
- Co-author, Mortazavi , Sheila. “Chapter 32.” International Pharmaceutical Law and Practice, Matthew Bender Elite Products, 2020.
- Mortazavi , Sheila, and Jessica Cohen-Nowak. “Best Practices For Social Media Marketing: Navigating The FTC's Updated Guidance, Straightline.” Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Fall 2017, www.huntonak.com/en/insights/best-practices-for-social-media-marketing-navigating-the-ftc-s-updated-guidance.html.
- New York Business Journal, Women of Influence, 2018
- New York Law Journal, Top Women in Law, 2016
- SuperLawyers® by Thomson Reuters, New York Super Lawyer - Intellectual Property Litigation, 2016-2020
- SuperLawyers® by Thomson Reuters, New York Rising Star in Intellectual Property, 2013-2014
- The George Washington University Law School, JD with honors, Law Review, 1999
- University of Maryland, BS Mechanical Engineering cum laude, 1995
- New York
- US Patent and Trademark Office
- US District Court, Eastern District of New York
- US District Court, Southern District of New York
- US Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- New York Intellectual Property Law Association
- Leadership Council on Legal Diversity – 2015 Fellow
- Board of Directors, Iranian American Bar Association – NY Chapter
- Board of Directors, Leading Women in Technology – NY Chapter
- Iranian American Women Foundation
- University of Maryland, College Park, Department of Mechanical Engineering – Visiting Committee Member