Sharaz is the newest member of Via’s Programmes Team, having joined Via from Skepsis Telecom, where he was managing director. At Skepsis, Sharaz’s work involved technical analysis of SEP portfolios with a focus on patent validity.
Originally an electronics engineer, Sharaz entered the world of patents as an examiner at the EPO in 1990. After having risen to the rank of senior examiner, Sharaz left the EPO in 2005 to pursue a career as a patent litigator. His subsequent roles have included Patent Counsel at Qualcomm and Head of Patents and Licensing EMEA at HTC. In these latter roles, Sharaz was directly involved in many of the most important disputes of the ‘smartphone wars’, including Qualcomm v Nokia, IPCom v HTC, Apple v HTC, and Nokia v HTC.
Sharaz is Chartered Engineer, UK and EP Patent Attorney and non-practising Barrister.Back to previous page