Shahar Harel is an associate in Brown Rudnick’s IP Litigation group.

He helps his clients identify, develop, protect and monetize their intellectual property. His practice focuses on patent litigation in diverse technologies such as medical devices, semiconductors, smartphones and pharmaceuticals in Federal courts, before the International Trade Commission, and at post-grant proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. His responsibilities include taking and defending depositions, arguing motions and at Markman hearings, drafting briefs and expert reports, and preparing witnesses for deposition and trial. A registered patent attorney, Mr. Harel also has experience preparing and prosecuting patents in the electromechanical arts, drafting and negotiating IP and software licensing agreements, and authoring non-infringement and invalidity opinions.

Mr. Harel leverages a distinct technical background in performing his legal work. Prior to attending law school, he was a doctoral student in computer science at Harvard University. While in school, he held research and engineering positions at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Weizmann Institute of Science. Following his graduate technical education, Mr. Harel developed patented technology directed to root cause analysis of network and system failures for a profitable high-tech startup leading to its acquisition at over a quarter of a billion dollars.

A sought after speaker, Mr. Harel has lectured widely on topical issues in intellectual property. His pro bono work has included securing protective orders for battered women and representing refugees seeking asylum.


Defeated several 12(b)(6) motions seeking to invalidate over 300 claims in six different patents for purported lack of subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101.

Represented a small business (and practicing entity) in asserting its patents directed to integrating after-market audio devices in vehicles against five of the world’s largest auto manufacturers. Overcame over a dozen inter partes review petitions leading to favorable settlements. Currently representing business in additional patent litigations.

Defended a large athletic apparel manufacturer against charges of patent infringement directed to its soccer sneakers. Settled case on favorable terms prior to claim construction briefing.

Defended one of the largest international manufacturers of consumer electronics accused of infringing patents directed to highly complex encryption methods using elliptical curve cryptography. Case was dismissed without any payment to plaintiff.

Represented a leading manufacturer of smart-cards in enforcing fundamental patents that enable the use of the Java programming language on resource-constrained devices in the U.S. and coordinated two adjunct international litigations.


Cardozo Law School, J.D., Intellectual Property, Dean’s Merit Scholarship, 2007
Harvard University, S.M., Computer Science, Doctoral Fellowship, 1999
The University of Texas at Austin, M.S., Electrical & Computer Engineering, Microelectronics and Computer Development (MCD) Fellowship, Tau Beta Pi Fellow, 1997
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, B.E., Electrical Engineering, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, 1995

Bar Admissions

New York
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Courts for Eastern District of Texas, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
"Who Can I Talk to Around Here? The Extent of Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege in Patent Lawsuits" New York State Bar Committee on Legal Education, Sept. 2007
Speaking Engagements
Featured Speaker, "Patent Eligibility of Software Innovations," Lawline, May 2017
Featured Speaker, "Intellectual Property for Startups: Key Concepts," Practising Law Institute, May 2016
Featured Speaker, "The Brave New World of Patent Aggregators," Cardozo School of Law, April 2012