About Us

Our Experience, Your Advantage

We are fluent in your field. Getting up to speed fast maintains project momentum and saves clients time and money. Sabety+associates knows diverse industries, complex inventions and emerging media.

We have a multi-disciplinary approach. Our legal strategies are designed to help clients attain business goals safely and efficiently. Our strategic approach encompasses patent, copyright, trade secret and trademark law.

We apply our network of professionals. Sabety+associates has years of experience successfully responding to the unique legal and business problems and opportunities associated with innovative businesses from start-up to Fortune 500. Conserving resources is part of our approach.

Meet Our Team

Ted Sabety profile

Ted Sabety

Founder & Principal

Ted Sabety founded Sabety +associates, a law and consulting firm in the technology and electronic media fields.  His practice ranges from advising technology companies regarding the development, exploitation, and protection of their intellectual property to advising electronic media industry clients on strategic issues regarding digital content distribution.   Most recently, one of his long-time clients, ShopKeep, was acquired for $440 Million.  Another recent project licensed a client’s signal processing design solution to Intel for $60 Million.  Clients seek his unique expertise resulting from his background both as a scientist in the areas of software, materials science, electronics and digital content and in intellectual property law. Ted Sabety is a registered patent attorney.

Ted Sabety frequently speaks and publishes on the issues surrounding technology commercialization, intellectual property protection, and licensing. He has presented programs at the The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), The Licensing Executives Society (LES), The Foresight Institute, and Nanobusiness Alliance. His article “Computer Science Concepts in Copyright Cases: The Path to a Coherent Law”, published by the “Harvard Journal of Law & Technology”, was relied upon by Microsoft in their appeal against Sun Microsystems in a dispute over the Java computer language.

Prior to launching Sabety +associates, Ted was part of the Corporate Group, Internet, Media and Technology Law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where, in addition to negotiating a variety of high profile technology transactions, he advised the music publishing industry in the landmark litigation against Napster. Ted received his J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Ted has been involved in technology and electronic media since he joined Hewlett-Packard as an Integrated Circuit Design Engineer after receiving a BS in Physics from Yale University. He was also Chief Engineer for the DARPA funded Non-Von Supercomputer project at Columbia University where he received his M.S. in Computer Science.


Sabety+associates, New York, NY
Founder and Principal

Information Technology Law Committee, The Bar Association of the City of New York, Member

Columbia Business School
, New York, NY
Adjunct Professor

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
, New York, NY
Associate, Corporate Department, Internet, Media & Technology Law Group

Weil, Gotshal & Manges
, New York, NY
Associate, Trade Practices Group

Digicoustics Productions
, New York, NY
Founded a media technology consulting and content production company involved in digital audio technology and the urban music industry.

Columbia University Department of Computer Science, Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) sponsored position
, New York, NY
Chief Engineer
Responsible for managing a staff of 5 engineers to design and build a large parallel processing supercomputer (the NON-VON Supercomputer) for the Defense Department.

Hewlett-Packard Co.
, Cupertino, CA
Integrated Circuit Design Engineer
Developed a temperature-stable timing circuit as part of IEEE-488 interface chip using 3 micron NMOS technology.


Columbia University School of Law, New York, NY
J.D., February 1998
Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 2L, 3L
Columbia Business School, New York, NY, 1996, 1997
Columbia University, New York, NY
M.S. Computer Science, 1986
Yale University, New Haven, CT
B.S. Physics, 1981, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors

Melissa Klein


Melissa earned a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, where she held a Dean Merit Scholarship. Her intellectual property law experience includes work with ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), the Davis Firm, PLLC, where she worked on music copyright and entertainment law matters. Melissa has a B.A. in Political Science from Lafayette Collage and a minor in Psychology.

Patricia Butter

Firm Administrator 

Patricia Butter has extensive business experience and is the Firm Administrator.

Our Presentations

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Our Publications

View a list of professional articles written by Ted Sabety. Publications