Shehla Syed

Shehla Syed is an experienced intellectual property attorney. Shehla counsels clients on all aspects of their intellectual property – trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets – to help them maximize the value and enforceability of their content, brands and technology. Shehla’s trademark practice includes the selection, screening, prosecution, licensing, maintenance and enforcement of trademarks, domestic and international. Shehla also advises clients on copyright matters, including registration, licensing, maintenance and enforcement of copyrights.

Shehla works with clients in a variety of industries including publishing, media, computer software and hardware, financial services, health and wellness, food and beverage, non-profits, professional organizations and education products and services.

Shehla is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has litigated intellectual property cases before the United States District Courts for the District of Massachusetts, Delaware, Middle District of Florida and District of New Jersey, as well as before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Shehla also assists clients in domain name disputes and on-line brand protection in federal court or arbitration before the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) or the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

As a registered patent attorney, Shehla advises clients on patent matters and has litigated patent cases in numerous federal courts.  Shehla has counseled clients in a variety of technological fields, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals, computer software, and material sciences.

In 2015, Shehla was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of intellectual property.  In 2016, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the Massachusetts Bar Association awarded Shehla their Excellence in the Law award in the category of Up & Coming Lawyers.

Prior to joining West Hill, Shehla was in the Chicago office of Jenner & Block as a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Law Group. She has also practiced at Roper & Quigg in Chicago and Venable, Baetjer & Howard in Baltimore.

Shehla received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and was a Senior Editor of the Journal of International Economic Law. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. Shehla has been admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Illinois and Maryland.

Shehla is a member of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, Boston Patent Law Association and the New England Muslim Bar Association, for which she was one of the founding members. Shehla also serves on the Community Ethics Committee at the Division of Medical Ethics of the Harvard Medical School which provides ethics feedback to Harvard teaching hospitals.

Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
Johns Hopkins University, B.A. Biology & Economics