Until recently, Sharaz was head of HTC’s patent litigation and licensing functions for the EMEA region. His main area of work was in European patent litigation, where he supervised multi-jurisdictional patent cases. Sharaz has been involved in most of the major battles of the so-called ‘mobile phone wars’, including Qualcomm v Nokia, IPCom v HTC, Apple v HTC, Nokia v HTC and HTC v Gemalto.
Sharaz started his professional career as a research-scientist at Hewlett-Packard’s European Research Labs in the UK. After two years of post-graduate engineering study in France and Germany, Sharaz joined the European Patent Office in The Hague, as an examiner. He went on to qualify as UK and European patent attorney and was subsequently called to the Bar of England and Wales.
His experience as a European patent-examiner, patent-prosecutor, litigator and licensing executive means that Sharaz can offer a unique insight into the challenges faced by companies operating in the European patent space.