- J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2007. Dean’s Merit Scholarship, Concentration in Intellectual Property
- S.M., Computer Science, Harvard University, 1999. Doctoral Fellowship
- M.S., Electrical & Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1997. Microelectronics and Computer Development (MCD) Fellowship, Tau Beta Pi Fellow
- B.E., Electrical Engineering, The Cooper Union, 1995. Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu
- State of New York
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- The U.S. Supreme Court
- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- The U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
- The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- New York Intellectual Property Law Association
- American Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
Shahar Harel is an associate in McKool Smith’s New York office. 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. Mr. Harel also oversees corresponding actions in foreign jurisdictions such as the U.K. and Germany. His responsibilities include taking and defending depositions, writing motions and briefs, and preparing witnesses for deposition and trial. A registered patent attorney and certified licensing professional, Mr. Harel also has experience prosecuting patents in the electromechanical arts, drafting and negotiating IP and software licensing agreements, and preparing non-infringement and invalidity opinions.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Harel was a doctoral candidate 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 for a profitable high-tech startup that was acquired for over a quarter of a billion dollars.
Mr. Harel’s pro bono work includes securing protective orders for battered women and representing refugees seeking asylum.
Awards & Recognition
- New York State Bar Association, Law Student Legal Ethics Award, 2007
"Who Can I Talk to Around Here? The Extent of Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege in Patent Lawsuits," NYSBA Committee on Legal Education & Admission to the Bar, 2007.