Iftekhar (Ifti) Zaim is an associate at Irwin IP. Ifti directs his practice towards all areas of intellectual property law, focusing primarily on patent litigation and post-grant proceedings. He regularly develops infringement and invalidity positions, briefs summary judgment and other motions, and manages the expert-related aspects of his cases.
Ifti has experience litigating technical subject matter spanning myriad technology areas, including media servers, self-balancing smartboards, large-scale servers and databases, automotive parts, and oral healthcare products. He has represented clients in matters and proceedings before United States federal district courts, the International Trade Commission, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB"). Recently, Ifti co-drafted a petition upon which the PTAB instituted inter partes review of a patent touted by its Fortune 500 owner to be the foundation of a billion-dollar-per-year business.
Ifti also provides counseling and transactional support, such as due diligence analysis in support of mergers and acquisitions. In addition, he devotes a substantial portion of his practice to assisting artists and entertainers.
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
U.S. Court of International Trade
As a student at the University of Iowa College of Law, Ifti competed in four moot court tournaments. He placed third at the 2013 Saul Lefkowitz Trademarks Moot Court Competition (Midwest Regional) with the third-ranked brief nationally. He was a member of the University of Iowa’s 2013 Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition Team, and prior to that, won Best Oral Advocate in the Jessup Division of the University of Iowa College of Law’s Appellate Advocacy II Tournament.
Prior to law school, Ifti interned at a Houston electrical and computer engineering firm where he prepared and conducted stress tests and simulations for the company’s then in-development plant management software suite. In addition, as a member of the University of Texas at Austin’s Intercollegiate Olympic Taekwondo Team, Ifti twice competed at the National Collegiate Taekwondo Tournament, winning his division each time.