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Homayoon Rafatijo

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Spencer Fane attorney Homayoon Rafatijo

T 816.292.8852
F 816.474.3216
hrafatijo@spencerfane.com


Homayoon Rafatijo’s combination of scientific background, technical knowledge, and legal acumen allows him to identify protectable scope of a client’s intellectual property portfolio and represent them in their most complex intellectual property disputes.

Homayoon graduated with distinction from Sharif University of Technology – the leading institution for STEM fields in the Middle East – with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Physical Chemistry. He relocated to the United States in 2013 to pursue a doctorate in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry from the University of Missouri.

After obtaining his first post-graduate degree, Homayoon continued to conduct research under a Multi-University Research Initiative grant funded by the U.S. Army Research Office, which competitively selects proposals based on their potential to improve the technological capabilities of the Army. During his tenure as a scientist, Homayoon also collaborated with world-renowned scientists, applied “Big Data” mining techniques, developed algorithms, designed simulations, and created computer codes to derive research conclusions. This culminated in several publications in prominent, peer-reviewed journals and ultimately sparked an interest in the field of patent law.

Homayoon maintained research and instructional duties while obtaining his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law. During law school, Homayoon was elected as the President of University of Missouri’s Association of Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship and also served as the Lead Article Editor for the Journal of Dispute Resolution. Several years of experience as a researcher, a referee for peer-reviewed, scientific journals, a college-level instructor, and a legal scholar have placed Homayoon in a unique position to engage with inventors, analyze cases for patentability and draft patent applications, and identify and litigate intellectual property infringements.

Presentations and Publications

Law

  •  H. Rafatijo and D. Crouch, States Can Infringe upon Your Intellectual Property Rights with Impunity in the Era of “New Federalism,” 50 AIPLA Q. J. Iss. 2, 161 (2022).
  • D. Crouch and H. Rafatijo, Resorbing Patent Law’s Kessler Cat into the General Law of Preclusion, 55 Akron Law Review: Iss. 1, Article 20 (2022).
  • H. Rafatijo and D. Crouch, When Is Software Code Copyrightable? Is Its Unauthorized Copying Excusable as a Fair Use?, Preview U.S. Sup. Ct. Cases 47, no. 6, 14 (2020).

Chemistry

  • H. Rafatijo, Reaction Streams in Overall Gas-Phase Chemical Reactions, Reaction Kinetics, Mechanisms and Catalysis 135, 1439 (2022).
  • H. Rafatijo, Computing Activation Energies of Non-Thermal Reactions, Mol. Phys. 118 (17), (2020); DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00268976.2020.1749952.
  • H. Rafatijo, M. Monge-Palacios, and Donald L. Thompson, Identifying Collisions of Various Molecularities in Molecular Dynamics Simulations, J. Phys. Chem. A 123 (6), 1131 (2019).
  • H. Rafatijo and Donald L. Thompson, General Application of Tolman’s Concept of Activation Energy, J. Chem. Phys. 147, 224111 (2017).
  • M. Monge-Palacios and H. Rafatijo, On the Role of the Termolecular Reactions 2O2 + H2 → 2HO2 and 2O2 + H2 → H + HO2 + O2 in Formation of the First Radicals in Hydrogen Combustion: Ab Initio Predictions of Energy Barriers. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 19, 2175 (2017).

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Law

  • 19th Annual Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium, St. Louis, February 2022
    • Your Digital Sovereignty Ends Right at Your Border
  • University of Akron IP Scholars Forums, Virtual, December 2021
    • Resorbing Patent Law’s Kessler Cat into the General Law of Preclusion
  • 2021 BYU Copyright and Trademark Symposium, Virtual, August 2021
    • IP Rights in the Era of “New Federalism”

Chemistry

  • 256th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, August 2018
    • Generalized Tolman Activation Energy Method Applied to non-Thermal Reactions
    • Identifying Dominant Reaction Pathways in Molecular Dynamics Simulations
  • Dynamics of Molecular Collisions Conference, Tahoe City, July 2017
    • Generalized Tolman Activation Energy with Application to Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Memberships

  • American Chemical Society
  • The Federalist Society

Contact Homayoon Rafatijo at 816.292.8852 or hrafatijo@spencerfane.com.