Mehdi D. Sheikerz
Mehdi Sheikerz is a partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Staas & Halsey LLP. Mr. Sheikerz focuses on and has extensive experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications relating to computer software in the U.S. and internationally.
Mr. Sheikerz also advises clients on design patent, trademark and copyright related matters, including preparation and prosecution of design patent, trademark and copyright applications.
Mr. Sheikerz conducts presentations on intellectual property solutions, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights for clients.
Mr. Sheikerz also advises small to mid-sized businesses on establishing in-house intellectual property programs.
Mr. Sheikerz has experience in the software industry. Before attending law school, Mr. Sheikerz was a software programmer for over 4 years. Mr. Sheikerz developed telecommunication messaging system software for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) (DXC Technology) in northern Virginia and worked for a number of small business software consulting companies, including as a Lotus Notes consultant. During law school, Mr. Sheikerz held a legal externship with the in-house legal department of CSC Intelicom, a CSC company in Bethesda, Maryland.
Mr. Sheikerz has a computer science degree (B.S.) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), with three semesters of engineering courses, including engineering chemistry, organic chemistry, electrical engineering, engineering dynamics, and mathematics, and a law degree (J.D.) and a Master of Intellectual Property (MIP) degree from the University Of New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce School of Law, Concord, New Hampsire, 1996.
Mr. Sheikerz is admitted to practice in the state of Florida and in Washington, District of Columbia (D.C.), and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Mr. Sheikerz holds memberships in the Florida and D.C. Bars, and in the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).
Webinars / Seminars Taught
“Developing Strategic Patent Portfolios for Start-ups: Tips and Strategies Explored”, The Knowledge Group, February 01, 2023