Ahmad Zavitsanos Anaipakos Alavi & Mensing PC

The IAM Patent 1000 has ranked Ahmad Zavitsanos Anaipakos Alavi & Mensing PC (AZA) among the best Texas patent litigation firms for three consecutive years and named AZA partners Demetrios Anaipakos and Amir Alavi 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.”

AZA lawyers have experienced great success representing clients in IP and IP-related cases throughout the world, including Europe, Asia and the Middle East. We regularly handle patent infringement, trademark, copyright and trade secret cases. Languages spoken by IP team members include Arabic, Cantonese, Farsi, French, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Ukranian and Urdu/Hindi.

Our patent lawyers have experience in numerous industry sectors, including energy, technology, chemistry, biochemistry, telecommunications, hardware and software, and transportation. We have successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in IP cases.

AZA’s IP team includes experienced trial lawyers and lawyers with technical backgrounds in chemistry, electrical engineering, software and biochemistry. The team has more than 15 lawyers, including partners Mr Anaipakos, Mr Alavi and Steve Mitby; and of counsel David Warden, Scott Clark, Brian E Simmons and Drew Kim. The team boasts three board-certified trial lawyers and several lawyers licensed as patent attorneys before the US Patent and Trademark Office. AZA lawyers Ifti Ahmed, a former engineer, and Masood Anjom, who holds an electrical engineering degree and worked in a nanotechnology lab, have extensive Patent Trial and Appeal Board experience.

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

Case examples

  • Versata Software Inc v SAP America Inc  AZA lawyers were called in a few months before trial and developed a previously untapped lost profits claim theory. On the eve of the 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. 
  • Rembrandt Wireless Technologies LP v Samsung Electronics Co Ltd – AZA beat the odds when it obtained a $15.7 million federal jury verdict 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 had infringed on two Rembrandt Wireless Technologies LP patents covering Bluetooth technology. The victory received widespread press coverage, including from technology-related publications that had bet the odds against AZA winning this case. 
  • AZA is overseeing potentially precedent-setting IP cases in the United States 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 (commonly ‘AMR-WB’).
  • Sentinel Integrity Solutions, Inc v Mistras Group, Inc – AZA defended Mistras Group, Inc, a major non-destructive 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 convinced the jury to agree to invalidate the trademark.

Contact details

Ahmad Zavitsanos Anaipakos Alavi & Mensing PC
1221 McKinney Street
Suite 2500
Houston TX 77010
United States

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Sample client list

  • Liberty Oilfield Services
  • Rembrandt Wireless Technologies
  • Saint Lawrence Communications
  • Versata Software

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