Sharon A. Israel

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Houston,  TX  U.S.A.
Phone713 238 2630

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  • Energy
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  • Oil & Gas
  • Services
  • Energy Disputes
  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Counseling & Prosecution
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Trial Proceedings Before the PTAB
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Contact InfoTelephone: 713 238 2630
Fax: 713 238 4630
University Massachusetts Institute of Technology, S.B.E.E., 1986; Emory University School of Business Administration, M.B.A., 1991
Law SchoolEmory University School of Law, J.D., 1991
Admitted1991, Georgia; 1994, Texas; US Supreme Court; US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; US District Court for the Southern District of Texas; US District Court for the Northern District of Texas; US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; US District Court for the Western District of Texas; US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; US Patent and Trademark Office


American Intellectual Property Law Association (President-Elect, 2013-14; First Vice President, 2012-13; Second Vice President, 2011-2012; Co-Chair, Special Committee on Legislation, 2008-2011; Board of Directors, 2005-2008; Chair, Political Action Committee, 2004-2005; Chair, Membership Committee, 2002-2004; Chair, Law Practice Management Committee, 2000-02; Vice-Chair, Young Lawyers Committee, 1999-2000; Chair, Public Information Committee, 1998-1999; Chair, Awards Committee, 1997-98)

Federal Circuit Bar Association (Journal Committee, Vice Chair, 2011 to present; Board of Governors, 2007-2010; Co-Chair, Annual Bench & Bar Conference, 2006-07; Board of Governors, 2003-06; Chair, Membership Committee, 2001-03; Southwest Region Co-Chair, Membership Committee, 1998-2001)

Texas State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section (Immediate Past Chair, 2009-10; Chair, 2008-09; Chair-Elect, 2007-08; Vice Chair, 2006-07; Secretary, 2005-06; Council, 2003-05; Course Co-Director, Advanced Patent Litigation, 2009 and 2010; Course Director, Intellectual Property Law Course, 2007)

American Bar Association (Patent Litigation Committee, Chair, 2010-2011; IP Law Section, Division Chair, 2008 to date; Co-Chair, IP Licensing Committee, IP Law Section, 2007-08; Co-Chair, Special Committee on Judicial Internships, IP Law Section, 2004-07)

Houston Intellectual Property Law Association (Chair, Amicus Briefs Committee, 2004-09; Immediate Past President, 2002-2003; President, 2001-2002; President-Elect, 2000-2001; Treasurer, 1999-2000; Chair, Annual Institute on Intellectual Property Law, 1999; Director, 1997-1999; Chair, Finance & Audit Committee, 2002-04; Chair, Outstanding Inventor of the Year Committee, 1998-99)

American Bar Foundation (Fellow); Texas Bar Foundation (Fellow); Houston Bar Foundation (Fellow); American Intellectual Property Law Association (Fellow)

American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (Trustee, 2011 to date)

Houston IP Inn of Court, Master (2012-present)


A savvy patent attorney who is experienced, practical and tenacious

Chambers USA 2010

Sharon Israel focuses her practice on intellectual property law with an emphasis in patent litigation, opinion work, and client counseling. Sharon has acted as counsel in intellectual property cases before district and appellate courts, the International Trade Commission, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. She has litigated patents relating to a variety of technologies, including cellular communications systems and devices, oilfield equipment, consumer electronics, videoconferencing technology, chemical compositions, and medical devices, among others. Sharon also is a member of Mayer Brown's Electronic Discovery & Information Governance practice.

Chambers USA (2010) describes Sharon as a savvy patent attorney who is experienced, practical and tenacious, incredibly intelligent and savvy attorney (2009), . . . highly professional, very smart and hard working . . . great at focusing on the real issues (2007), and asserts that she ...has earned a name as 'highly responsive and outstanding . . .' (2006). Reflecting high regard for her IP litigation skills, previous editions of Chambers USA have noted that she attracts market praise for her 'superior performance' in litigating IP matters (2005), and cited clients' praise for being 'terrific' [and] making a name for herself, especially in patent litigation (2004). Sharon has also been selected by her peers for recognition by Texas SuperLawyers (2003 to date), including being named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas (2008 and 2009) and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Houston (2009), and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. In 2010, she received the President's Outstanding Service Award from the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and in 2005 she received the President's Award from the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association.

Sharon is a frequent speaker on patent-related topics, and serves in leadership roles in numerous organizations, including serving as President-Elect of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Chair of the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section, and on the Board of Directors for the Federal Circuit Bar Association. She also has had leadership positions with the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association and the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section. Before joining Mayer Brown in 2005, Sharon practiced with two other national law firms. Following law school graduation, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Alan D. Lourie, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Adding a practical focus to her IP practice, Sharon was an engineer with General Electric Company before entering law school.


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US Federal Circuit Approves Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s Claim Construction Standard, Further Insulates PTAB Decisions to Institute Trials from Review
Kyle Friesen,Sharon A. Israel, March 5, 2015
The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed the decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) of the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) cancelling three claims of US Patent No. 6,778,074 (the “074 patent”), owned by Cuozzo Speed Technologies,...

US Federal Circuit Limits Right of Appeal from Contested Cases at the USPTO
Kyle Friesen,Sharon A. Israel, June 17, 2014
In an appeal from a decision in an inter partes reexamination before the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that the challenger must show some injury-in-fact to have Article III standing at the Federal Circuit. Despite a statutory...

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Sharon A. Israel

700 Louisiana Street, Suite 3400
HoustonTX 77002-2730


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