IABA Board of Advisor
Robert Babayi, a Co-Founder of IABA and a partner at the Washington, D.C., office of Venable, LLP, an AM Law 100 general practice firms with attorneys practicing in corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property and regulatory and government affairs, among others
Robert Babayi’s primary practice focuses on client counseling, patent prosecution, licensing and litigation. More specifically, Robert Babayi counsels clients on the validity, enforceability and infringement of patents, and provides strategic advice on the relevance, strength and value of patents to commercial markets. He analyzes the risks associated with enforcing or defending patent portfolios, negotiates licensing terms and manages patent licensing programs.
Robert Babayi also helps startup companies in obtaining valuable patents for developed technologies and helps with venture funding at early stages.
Registered as an attorney before the US Patent and Trademark Office since 1989, Robert Babayi has prepared and prosecuted several hundred U.S. and foreign patents with emphasis on wired and wireless telecommunications, computing architecture, manufacturing processes and inventions related to the Internet and e-commerce. He has been involved in defensive and offensive aspects of complex patent litigations before the ITC and at the District Court level.
Robert Babayi previously served as in-house counsel at Motorola, Inc., and IBM Corp. Currently, Robert Babayi serves as outside general counsel to a number of firm clients advising them on transactional and dispute resolution while managing their litigation needs. Robert Babayi is admitted into the D.C. and Florida bars.
Robert Babayi is a co-founder of the Iranian American Bar Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to educate and address the legal needs of the Iranian American community and Nowruz Commission, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the tradition of Nowruz.
IABA Scholarship Winner
Elham Marder was the IABA Scholarship winner in 2006. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Communication from the University of California, Berkeley and Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law) in 2003 and 2007, respectively.
Mrs. Marder is currently Associate General Counsel at OfficeMax Incorporated and has been involved in significant litigation matters, including consumer class action litigation in California, a variety of employment lawsuits nationwide, complex commercial litigation matters, and a number of insurance coverage issues. Prior to joining OfficeMax, Mrs. Marder was a Litigation Associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in San Francisco.
Mrs. Marder has always been very committed to pro bono work. While in law school, Mrs. Marder worked at the East Bay Community Law Center Immigration Clinic, assisting clients with their asylum/permanent residency applications. After law school, Mrs. Marder traveled to Namibia and South Africa to volunteer with the Center for the Study of AIDS and assisted with programs to raise awareness regarding HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination. In 2010, Mrs. Marder received the Jack Londen award from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the Bay Area for her work with the Education Equity Project. Currently, Mrs. Marder is involved in the CASA program, providing legal services to abused and neglected children.
Mrs. Marder is also dedicated to raising awareness about the persecution of Baha’is in Iran (http://iran.bahai.us). In 2012, she met with Idaho Senator Risch’s office, met with academics and presented in classrooms at Boise State University, and presented at the Idaho Human Rights Education Center regarding the continued imprisonment of Baha’is in Iran and the denial of higher education.
IABA General Member
Salman H. Elmi was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he completed the pre-medical course requirements, graduating with two Bachelor of Arts Degrees in 1997. Mr. Elmi attended law school at Emory University School of Law, receiving his J.D. degree in May, 2000. While at Emory, he was awarded a letter of commendation for excellence in the Law School’s prestigious Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Program. Mr. Elmi was admitted to the bar of the State of Maryland in 2000, the District of Columbia in 2001, and the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2011. Mr. Elmi spent the first few years of his legal career focusing on FDA/Healthcare Regulatory matters at law firms in Washington, D.C. and New York City, before transitioning to pharmaceutical products liability litigation. Mr. Elmi is currently Deputy General Counsel at ACell, Inc., a bio-medical device manufacturer in the DC metropolitan region. Mr. Elmi is a member of the American Bar Association, and the District of Columbia Bar Association.