Safraz Ishmael is a litigator specializing in high-stakes technology and life sciences related business disputes, with a particular emphasis on patent, trade secret, and trademark litigation. He holds a graduate degree in physics, and undergraduate degrees in physics and computer science.
Safraz represents his clients in all phases of the trial and appeal process in federal courts throughout the United States, as well as in the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) and in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Safraz has represented some of the world's largest life sciences and technology companies in patent and trade secret litigations involving an extensive range of technologies, including technologies such as:
• AI-powered voice recognition systems;
• cellular and wireless communications protocols and standards;
• computer software and electronics;
• transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgical systems;
• haptic feedback systems for robotic surgery;
• biomedical implants;
• point of care blood diagnostic systems and software;
• lasers and fiber optics;
• human-computer interfaces such as displays and data entry devices; and
• semiconductor manufacturing methods and systems.
In recognition of his legal practice Safraz has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America guide (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024), 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 Magazine. 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 devotes a significant amount of his time to representing low-income clients in need of legal representation on a pro bono basis. He has worked on several major pro bono litigations, alongside lawyers at the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the Greater Boston Legal Services, and on civil rights matters for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Active in Boston's legal community, Safraz serves on the Board of Directors of the Alan D. Lourie 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 non-profit corporation that provides surplus laboratory equipment to scientists in developing countries.
- J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
- M.S., Physics, University of Maryland
- B.S., Computer Science, University of Maryland
- Best Lawyers in America (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024)
- Law360, Minority Power Broker
- Super Lawyers Magazine, Rising Star
Memberships And Affiliations
- Alan D. Lourie Intellectual Property American Inn of Court (Board Member)
- Seeding Labs (Committee Chair and Board Member)