Ali Allawi is an associate in Sterne Kessler’s Electronics Practice Group. His practice covers all aspects of intellectual property, including the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, client counseling, patent portfolio development and management, post grant proceedings, and appeals. Ali also routinely participates in AIA proceedings before the Patent and Trial Board (PTAB).
Ali’s experience covers a variety of technical fields, including electrical and mechanical engineering related fields, particularly in the areas of electronics, signal processing and communications, memory devices, semiconductor devices, consumer products, power management systems, location based information services, renewable energy, IoT, robotics, and cloud computing based technologies. Other technologies include medical devices and digital healthcare. His practice includes regularly prosecuting and interviewing cases involving subject matter eligibility matters.
Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, Ali worked at a full service IP firm in the D.C. area. Part of his practice included working to develop IP systems in the Middle East. Ali has worked with universities, industry leaders, and government agencies to establish an IP eco system with an emphasis on innovation and technology transfer.
Ali has also worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commercial Law Development Program) as an expert on IP related matters and development. For example, he conducted several lectures and seminars that focused on the benefits of innovation and IP protections; reviewed agency examination guidelines and procedures; and participated in the development of adjudication mechanisms for IP infringement cases.
Prior to law school, Ali was a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Before then, Ali worked as an electrical/systems engineer at Lockheed Martin Corporation, designing and implementing command and control systems for naval vessels, including communications, reconnaissance, radar, and surveillance systems.
Ali received his J.D. from University of New Hampshire School of Law, with a certificate in intellectual property law, and his B.S. in electrical engineering from George Mason University. While in law school, Ali externed at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, working on synergies between the Right to Development and intellectual property.
Ali is fluent in Arabic, and enjoys traveling with his family. He is an avid tennis player and classic German car enthusiast.