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Nash Zogaib, BEngM '98

Protecting innovation with IP law

While ubiquitous today, wireless technology was in its early infancy when Nash Zogaib earned his electrical engineering degree in 1998.

He spent the first decade of his career as an engineer with Nortel, immersed in the cutting-edge world of wireless technology.

“My engineering career took me around the world on many occasions, but one stood out where I had the opportunity to work in Germany on a project to introduce wireless technologies to train systems,” he says. “This was an exciting time and resulted in some lasting professional relationships.”

As he worked with innovative and rapidly improving technologies, Zogaib became fascinated with the intersection between engineering and law. In 2008, he followed that fascination into law school and a career change.

Today, Zogaib is a partner with the law firm Eversheds Sutherland, specializing in Intellectual Property (IP) law.

“I help clients protect their innovations and IP assets to stay competitive in the marketplace,” he explains. “I enjoy the constant interaction with clients regarding the latest innovations and business decisions based on those innovations. The IP world is regarded as fundamental to the success of businesses.”

He also contributes through pro bono work, while serving as a director on two boards in the education and arts fields.

Despite the move into the world of law, Zogaib says his electrical engineering knowledge and technical background continue to serve him well.

 “To be a successful IP attorney, you have to have the technical ability to understand the most sophisticated innovations when speaking with clients.”

He urges students to recognize the value of building relationships during university, even with their demanding curriculum. “I continue to stay in touch with some of my McMaster schoolmates.  It is fascinating how careers and relationships develop over the years.”

 

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