Catherine “Cat” Rifai is a trademark associate in the intellectual property group concentrating her practice on copyright and trademark protections including registration, licensing, enforcement, and DMCA takedown notices. Cat regularly advises clients on IP protection issues, portfolio strategy, and development in software, oil and gas, aviation, renewable energy, and other industries.
Cat’s practice ranges from negotiating and drafting business and IP agreements to analyzing and managing IP portfolios. She handles domestic and international prosecution of trademarks and patents, represents clients in Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy litigation proceedings, and negotiates and drafts IP agreements and contracts. Cat is known for presenting complex legal regulations and business contracts in an efficient, understandable way to clients.
Cat is a registered patent attorney and brings a significant STEM background with a degree in biology from Texas Tech University where she made the Dean’s List and was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.
In law school, Cat was a member of The Honorable Nancy F. Atlas Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Society, and a student member of the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association. Cat received the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Law, and Family Law while in law school.
State Bar of Texas
Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
Intellectual Property and Technology Law Society
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office