People: Ilan Barzilay, Partner

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Ilan Barzilay

Partner

Boston
Direct: (617) 946-4842
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Ilan Barzilay is a partner in the Intellectual Property practice group in the Boston office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He focuses his practice on procurement, management, and litigation of patent, trademark, and other IP rights. He counsels clients on a variety of matters including patent and trademark prosecution, portfolio development, opinions, and licensing.

Mr. Barzilay’s experience covers a wide variety of technologies from telecommunication systems, microelectromechanical structures (MEMS), database management, and financial services software, to medical devices and flexible sprinklers, to equestrian hoof-pads and consumer products. He has represented clients of various sizes, including multinational corporations, emerging companies, and research institutions. Mr. Barzilay has successfully litigated against both the largest hospital and the largest furniture companies in the world.

Mr. Barzilay regularly presents on intellectual property law and has been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, International Business Times, E-Commerce Times, CIO Today, TechNewsWorld, Mass High Tech and NewsFactor.com.  Mr. Barzilay is an adjunct professor of Advanced Patent Litigation at the University of New Hampshire Law School.  Additionally, Mr. Barzilay is a member of the Boston IP American Inn of Court and is the author of the District of Massachusetts IP Blog.

Ilan Barzilay is a partner in the Intellectual Property practice group in the Boston office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He focuses his practice on procurement, management, and litigation of patent, trademark, and other IP rights. He counsels clients on a variety of matters including patent and trademark prosecution, portfolio development, opinions, and licensing.

Mr. Barzilay’s experience covers a wide variety of technologies from telecommunication systems, microelectromechanical structures (MEMS), database management, and financial services software, to medical devices and flexible sprinklers, to equestrian hoof-pads and consumer products. He has represented clients of various sizes, including multinational corporations, emerging companies, and research institutions. Mr. Barzilay has successfully litigated against both the largest hospital and the largest furniture companies in the world.

Mr. Barzilay regularly presents on intellectual property law and has been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, International Business Times, E-Commerce Times, CIO Today, TechNewsWorld, Mass High Tech and NewsFactor.com.  Mr. Barzilay is an adjunct professor of Advanced Patent Litigation at the University of New Hampshire Law School.  Additionally, Mr. Barzilay is a member of the Boston IP American Inn of Court and is the author of the District of Massachusetts IP Blog.

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center (1999)
  • B.S., Cornell University (1996)

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Courts

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal and First Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

Affiliations

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Boston Patent Law Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Boston IP American Inn of Court
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Presentations

  • “Intellectual Property for the New Business,” Boston College Law School, (Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2010)
  • “The State of U.S. Law on File Sharing” International Technology Law Association 2011 European Conference, (October 20, 2011)
  • “Online Copyright Infringement, File Sharing and ISPs - Where Are We Now?” International Technology Law Association Webinar, (July 26, 2011)
  • “Intellectual Property Litigation Against Extranational Entities,” International IP Law Committee and IP Litigation Committee, Boston Bar Association, (May 25, 2011).
  • “Litigation, Social Media, and the Practice of IP Law on the Ground,”Navigating IP Boundaries, Frontiers & Opportunities, Franklin Pierce (UNH) Law Center’s Annual Intellectual Property Symposium, Concord, NH, (April 23, 2010).
  • Bilski Roundtable Event,” Franklin Pierce  (UNH) Patent Law Forum, Concord, NH, (April 15, 2010).
  • “How the Internet Exposes You to Risk,” Licensing Executives Society / Association of University Technology Managers, Philadelphia, PA, (May 26, 2006).
  • “Business, Blogs and Bloggers:  Practical Steps to Avoid Liability,” Chair, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Boston, MA, (March 3, 2006).

Publications

  • "Supreme Court Declines to Issue Bright Line Test for Software Patents," One Minute Memo, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (June 23, 2014)
  • Co-Author, “Supreme Court Holds Copyright “First Sale” Doctrine Applies Internationally,” One Minute Memo, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (March 22, 2013)
  • ”Putting Meat on the Bones: An Analysis of Cases Addressing Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Post-Bilski” Emerging Trends In Business Method Patents (Aspatore Books 2012)
  • “Coping With Confusion in the Aftermath of Bilski” The Impact of Bilski on Business Method Patents (Aspatore Books 2011)
  • “The Ground on Which You Stand:  Lessons in Licensing” Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal (September 2010)
  • “Is Patent Litigation Worth It?” Manufacturer (May 2007)
  • “Minimizing Internet Risk” Internet Law & Strategy (November 2006)
  • “How the Internet Exposes You to Risk” Internet Law & Strategy (October 2006)
  • “Is Patent Litigation Worth the Headaches?” Mass High Tech (October 2, 2006)
  •  “Business, Blogs and Bloggers:  Practical Steps to Avoid Liability” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (March 3, 2006)
  • “The Importance of Intellectual Property” MIT $50K Entrepreneur (Fall 2005)
  • “Telling All is A Taking” National Law Journal (May 26, 2003)
  • “Court Rejects State Law Compelling Ingredient Disclosure” Washington Legal Foundation (February 28, 2003)
  • “Copyright Developments Affect Electronic Rights” Boston Bar Journal (February 2002) 

Media References

  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, February 5, 2014; republished in New England In-House, April 2014 (Vol. 12, No. 2), “Company can’t sue independent contractor for stealing trade secrets”
  • Law360, June 6, 2013, “Lawyers Weigh In On Obama 'Patent Troll' Initiatives”
  • Law360, March 20, 2013, “IP Lawyers Weigh In On High Court’s 1st-Sale Ruling”
  • Boston Business Journal, Nov. 23 - Nov. 29, 2012 (Vol. 32, No. 44) “Cambridge NanoTech assets scheduled for auction”
  • Boston Business Journal, April 27-May 3, 2012 (Vol. 32, No. 14) “Akamai case tests IP law boundaries” 
  • Boston Business Journal, September 30-October 6, 2011 (Vol. 31, No. 36), “Number of patent disputes surge on the eve of overhaul”  
  • The Boston Globe, September 15, 2011 (Vol. 280, No. 77) “On the defensive for the offensive”   
  • Law360, September 12, 2011, “Patent Reform Bill Could Shift More Disputes to USPTO”
  • Boston Business Journal, September 24-30, 2010 (Vol. 30, No. 33), “All Rights Reserved: If you cut, paste and send, you might also end up paying.”  
  • Law360, June 28, 2010, “IP Lawyers React To Bilski's Long-Awaited Arrival”
  • NewsFactor, June 25, 2010, “You-Tube-Viacom Ruling Is A Victory for Web Providers”
  • Law360, June 25, 2010, “Lawyers Not Sold On New Patent Examiner Rules”
  • NewsFactor, May 3, 2010, “Apple Could Face Antitrust Investigation” 
  • NewsFactor, April 7, 2010, “FTC Probes Google’s $750M Acquisition of AdMob”
  • Top Tech News, March 19, 2010, “Court Airs Dirty Laundry from Viacom-Google Battle”
  • Yahoo! News, March 18, 2010, “Google Says Viacom Illegally Uploaded YouTube Videos”
  • NewsFactor, February 24, 2010, “EC Launches Probe of Google Search Rankings”
  • NewsFactor, February 1, 2010, “Chinese Tablet Maker Says Apple’s iPad Is a Copy”
  • NewsFactor, December 18, 2009, “French Court Rules Against Google’s Book Scanning”
  • NewsFactor, December 17, 2009, “Apple Completes Psystar Crackdown with Final Injunction”
  • International Business Times, December 17, 2009, “Microsoft Accused of Stealing Codes, Shuts Site in China”
  • Sci-Tech Today, December 15, 2009, “Microsoft Shuts China Site Amid Plagiarism Accusations”
  • NewsFactor, November 16, 2009, “Psystar Loses Mac OS X Challenge Against Apple”
  • Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology, October 7, 2009 (Vol. 27, Issue 38), “Tips To Make Noncompetes Work – And Work Fairly”
  • IPFrontline.com, October 5, 2009, “Eastern District of Texas No Longer A Slam-Dunk”
  • NewsFactor, November 25, 2008, “EMG Sues Apple over iPhone Browser Technology”
  • Top Tech News, November 19, 2008, “Psystar Loses Antitrust Shield in Mac Clone Battle”
  • Yahoo! News, April 22, 2008, “Apple Seeks Patent on iPhone Instant Messaging”
  • CIOToday, April 17, 2008, “Mac Cloner Accuses Apple of Mac OS X Monopoly” 
  • E-Commerce Times, April 15, 2008, “Seagate Drops Legal Bomb on SSD Memory Maker”
  • E-Commerce Times, April 1, 2008, “EPA Probe Bars IBM From Government Contract Bidding”
  • E-Commerce Times, March 28, 2008, “Hannaford:  Malware Caused Massive Data Breach”
  • CIOToday, December 4, 2007, “Apple, AT&T Sued Over Visual Voicemail Patents”
  • NewsFactor, November 12, 2007, “Google Sued Over Core Search Tech”
  • NewsFactor, October 26, 2007, “SanDisk Sues Slew of Competitors”
  • Wall Street Journal Online, September 17, 2007, “Court Ruling Won’t Much Affect Microsoft Customers”
  • Sci-Tech Today, September 14, 2007, “Prince Targets YouTube and Hires Web Sheriff”
  • Top Tech News, August 15, 2007, “Google Calls on Comics in Viacom-YouTube Suit”
  • Top Tech News, August 7, 2007, “Apple Hit by iPhone Touch-Screen Suit”
  • NewsFactor, August 1, 2007, “Will Eminem Take a Bite out of iTunes Success?”
  • LinuxInsider, May 31, 2007, “Open Source and the DMCA: What Hath Digg Wrought?” 
  • E-Commerce Times, May 2, 2007, “Digg Users Revolt Against 'Censorship'”
  • Computerworld, April 10, 2007, “Students sue online plagiarism-detection firm in IP fight over papers” 
  • Sci-Tech Today, March 26, 2007, “Vonage: No Interruptions Despite Verizon Injunction”
  • Yahoo! News, February 16, 2007, “Cisco Dials Apple in iPhone Trademark Spat”
  • E-Commerce Times, February 12, 2007, “MySpace Attacks Video Piracy with New Tech”
  • E-Commerce Times, January 16, 2007, “Year of the Tech Patent Lawsuit, Part 3”
  • TechNewsWorld, November 10, 2006, “Is Google Bracing for Legal Onslaught Against YouTube?”
  • Lawyers USA, October 23, 2006, “Lawsuits aim at libelous bloggers” 
  • T.H.E. Journal, October 1, 2006, “Fighting Plagiarism :: Taking the Work Out of Homework”
  • Boston Business Journal, October 20-26, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 38), “Not lovin’ it:  Did McDonald’s mimic YouTube video?”  
  • The Boston Globe, September 28, 2006, (Vol. 270, No. 90) “In court, blogs can come back to dog the writers”   
  • IPFrontline, September 21, 2005, “Google’s Plan to Scan Books Hit by Authors’ Suit”
  • National Law Journal, October 3, 2005 (Vol. 28, No. 5), “Copyright Law Put to Test in Google Case”  
  • Chemical & Engineering News, March 7, 2005 (Vol. 83, No. 10), “Patent Claims in Court”
     

Accolades

  • Recognized in the 2014 IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners
  • Recognized in the 2014 Best Lawyers, New England Edition
  • Recognized as a Rising Star in New England Super Lawyers (2008-2012, 2014)