Munck Wilson Mandala has added trademark associate Catherine Rifai to the firm’s intellectual property practice. Rifai works in the Houston office advising on a variety of issues, including copyright, trademark, and patent protection, and IP portfolio strategy for clients in software, oil and gas, aviation, renewable energy, and other industries.  Rifai previously worked as an associate at The Dickinson Law Offices in Houston, Texas.

Rifai’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 intellectual property agreements and contracts.  Rifai is known for presenting complex legal regulations and business contracts in an efficient, understandable way to business clients.

Rifai joins a robust group of MWM trademark, copyright, and patent attorneys serving clients globally in transactional and enforcement matters.  She is a registered patent attorney and brings a significant STEM background to her legal career, having completed her undergraduate studies in biology and chemistry at 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.

Rifai received her J.D. from the South Texas College of Law with honors where she 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.  Rifai received the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Law, and Family Law while in law school.

Munck Wilson Mandala is a technology-focused law firm with offices in Dallas, Austin, Houston, and Marshall, Texas, Los Angeles, California, and is currently opening an office in Miami, Florida.  Listed as an Inc. Best Workplace in 2020 by Inc. Magazine, the firm offers full-service counsel in the areas of intellectual property litigation, complex commercial litigation, intellectual property portfolio development, corporate transactions and securities, real estate, employment law, and various other practices. Munck Wilson Mandala represents clients from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. Learn more about the firm at