Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Hoda 
     Rifai-Bashjawish

Hoda Rifai-Bashjawish

Associate

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Syracuse Office

Barclay Damon Tower
125 East Jefferson Street
Syracuse, New York 13202

Hoda Rifai-Bashjawish focuses her practice on intellectual property with a specific focus on patent matters. She represents clients in district courts and the Federal Circuit, and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Hoda has a deep understanding of intellectual property issues, including patent, trade secret, trademark, and copyright portfolio counseling, protection, and enforcement.

Hoda's dual technical background in biomechanical engineering and physics gives her a thorough understanding of her clients’ complex intellectual property in a broad range of technologies.

Hoda also has an extensive pro bono practice, which includes representation of a non-profit at zoning board hearings, clients seeking asylum, and clients seeking access to healthcare.

While in law school, Hoda was a senior editor for the Columbia Law Review and co-president of the Science and Technology Law Society.

Prior to law school, she received a Fulbright U.S. Fellowship grant to study bioethics in Damascus, Syria. Hoda is a member of Tau Beta Pi engineering and Sigma Pi Sigma physics honors societies.

Representative Experience

  • Represented global telecommunications company in patent litigation against competitor.
  • Conducted patent due diligence for leading cold beverage company in its acquisition of complimentary hot beverage company.
  • Defended multinational pharmaceutical company in ANDA litigation.
  • Represented industrial manufacturing company in both defensive and offensive patent litigation against competitor.
  • Defended finance company patent holder in Covered Business Method review.
  • Provided legal and business formation advice to establish a not-for-profit organization for inventors in the medical field to help secure their intellectual property rights.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Columbia University Law School, J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 2013
  • Adelphi University, B.S., magna cum laude, 2009
  • Columbia University, B.S., cum laude, 2009

Admitted To Practice

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Speaking & Publications

  • Co-authored, "In a Nutshell: What to Expect in IP Litigation," Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, April 2014
  • "Interplay of Patent Trial and Appeal Board and District Court Proceedings," Patent Litigation Lunch, March 2014
  • Co-authored, "Indefiniteness Finally Gaining Some Respect," National Law Journal,  February 2014

Prior Experience

  • Radulescu LLP, Associate
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates, Associate