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Tabrez Y. Ebrahim

Assistant Professor of Law

  • LLM, University of Houston Law Center [Intellectual Property & Information Law]
  • JD, Northwestern University [Business Enterprise]
  • MBA, Northwestern University [Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Finance]
  • Graduate Certificate, Stanford Graduate School of Business [Entrepreneurship]
  • MS, Stanford University [Mechanical Engineering]
  • BS, University of Texas at Austin [Mechanical Engineering, with High Honors]
225 Cedar St., Rm. 422
(619) 515-1561
Patent Law; Transactional Intellectual Property; Property I & II; If You Build It, Will They Come?: The Role of Law in Entrepreneurship

Professor Ebrahim teaches and writes in the areas of patent law, entrepreneurship, and innovation. His research explores emerging technologies and centers on the intersection of law and business. He serves as the director of the Intellectual Property Area of Concentration, faculty adviser for the Middle Eastern Law Students Association, faculty adviser for the South Asian Law Students Association, faculty adviser for the Student Intellectual Property Law Association, and faculty adviser for the Trademark Clinic with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO).

Prior to entering the legal academy, Professor Ebrahim's career focused on invention and innovation. His interdisciplinary scholarship draws on his professional experiences as a R&D engineer, a technology transfer and incubator director, a startup founder and entrepreneur, a corporate venture capital manager, and an attorney. He is an inventor on a U.S. patent and patent application, and is licensed to practice in Texas and before the USPTO.

Before starting at California Western, Professor Ebrahim was an attorney in patent prosecution and technology transactions practice groups at a Texas law firm and a Visiting Research Fellow at Bournemouth University's Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management in England. While in full-time law practice, he taught evening classes in business law, supply chain law, and marketing management.

Professor Ebrahim is active in Southern California intellectual property and technology entrepreneurship organizations. In his spare time, he enjoys basketball, bicycling, running, and swimming.

Visit Professor Ebrahim's SSRN Author Page.

Law Review Articles

  • "3D Bioprinting Patentable Subject Matter Boundaries," 41 Seattle University Law Review 1 (2017).
  • "Trademarks & Brands in 3D Printing," 17 Wake Forest Journal of Business & Intellectual Property Law 1 (2016).
  • "3D Printing: Digital Infringement and Digital Regulation," 14 Northwestern Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property 37 (2016).