MIAMI (March 1, 2012) – Florida International University will pay tribute to distinguished alumni and members of the university community at its 11th annual Torch Awards Gala on Sat., March 3. The event recognizes the university’s most outstanding alumni and members of the FIU faculty for contributions to their fields, the community and their alma mater.
The Torch Award honors the memory of Senator Ernest R. Graham, the forward-thinking champion who helped to create the university. This year, the signature social event for the FIU Alumni Association will be held at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, Wells Fargo Center (Met 2), 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way in Miami. A cocktail reception will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards presentation at 7:30 p.m.
This year, the College of Law will honor:
Robert Babayi ’81, Attorney, Venable, LLP.
About the Honoree
Robert Babayi’s practice focuses on client counseling, patent prosecution, licensing and litigation. Mr. Babayi was in-house counsel at Motorola Inc. and IBM Corp., and understands patents at a very practical level. He has prepared and prosecuted several hundred U.S. and foreign patents with primary emphasis on wired and wireless telecommunications, computing architecture, network-layer protocols, semiconductors, manufacturing processes, power systems, object-oriented programming, and the Internet- and e-commerce- related inventions.
Mr. Babayi has been involved in defensive and offensive aspects of complex patent litigations before the ITC and in the District Court level. He has taken and defended depositions, selected experts, and prepared fact and expert witnesses for testimony.
Mr. Babayi is a co-inventor named in two U.S. Patents relating to Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology. He also manages patent portfolios covering various on-line educational systems and advises clients on the patent’s relevance to the evolving virtual education market.
About FIU College of Law:
Florida International University College of Law is South Florida’s publicly supported law school. The Princeton Review ranks FIU as one of the nation’s most welcoming schools for diverse students and Hispanic Business has ranked FIU among the top ten law schools for Hispanics. The National Jurist ranks FIU among the top ten schools in the country for best value in legal education. FIU’s faculty continues to gain national prominence, most recently recognized by the Sisk Report as 3rd in Florida for Faculty Scholarly Impact. Unique among law schools, FIU places particular emphasis on integrating international law into every aspect of its curriculum.