A self-described "nerd" focused on the bleeding edge, Samir focuses on helping client strategies stay on top of the ever-shifting landscapes of intellectual property and intellectual property litigation in high-technology spaces. Samir loves change and wants to guide you through it.

Overview

A lifelong technophile with years of experience in the software industry, Samir combines a wealth of industry knowledge and deep legal experience in his representations of high technology IP clients. In addition to crafting cutting-edge litigation strategies, Samir also helps clients strategically identify and protect significant intellectual property assets.

Samir brings a rich technical background to his representations, especially in IP litigation, post grant review, and patent preparation and prosecution. He has handled complex intellectual property matters in federal, appellate, and state courts throughout the U.S. He prosecutes and defends claims of patent, copyright and trademark infringement and trade secret misappropriation for individuals and private and public companies involving a wide array of technologies. Samir frequently represents companies in Inter Partes Review (IPR) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Experience

Samir was a key member of trial counsel in a recent high-profile patent infringement case that resulted in an award of willful patent infringement and attorneys' fees for his client, a boat manufacturer, in the Eastern District of Virginia.  The representation resulted in total damages of over $5.4 million.

Samir prepares and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications in computer software, hardware and high-tech, especially patents related to data storage, file systems, databases, machine-learning, data analytics, electronic payment systems and online advertising.

Samir has written and presented extensively on the Alice Corp. decision, IPR and covered business method (CBM) proceedings, and the impact of fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing terms on technology patents.

He devotes special attention to ensuring client strategies have robust and effective strategies for prosecuting software patents in light of the Alice Corp. decision.

Samir presents and writes on the interplay between antitrust and intellectual property and other critical IP topics.

Before attending law school, Samir worked for several years in the software industry where he led a storage management product team. In this role, he directed strategies for engineering, marketing, sales, partners and alliances. He has also been a systems engineer for a developer of workflow management and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance solutions. More recently, Samir worked for a provider of smart-grid data analytics solutions where he assisted in the development of methods to help utilities in identifying energy theft, creating demand response solutions and managing grid assets.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

"Data Privacy Considerations When Using AI in Online Advertising," MCCA Global Tec Forum, April 2018

Publications

"Are You Taking Advantage of or Being Taken Advantage of by Trade Secret Law?" 2019 CCI Corporate Counsel Institute, May 2019

"Fed. Cir. Causes Power Shift In Software Patent Litigation," Law360, November 2016

Co-author, "Fed. Circ. Unfreezes Biotech Patents in CellzDirect," Law360, July 2016

Co-author, "Diagnosing The Sequenom Problem," Law360, July 2016

"Being Privy of a Party Sued for Infringement Is Not Enough to Confer Standing for CBM Review," Client Communication

"IPR Institution Can Be Denied Based on petition Length or Failure to Identify Related Matters," Client Communication

"Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc.: A Good-Faith Belief of Patent Invalidity is Not a Defense to Induced Infringement," Client Communication

Recognitions

Recognitions

Selected to the Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list in 2015-Present

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

South Asian Bar Association of North America, Treasurer, and Board Member, 2017-Present

South Asian Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Board Member and Past President

Missouri Bar Leadership Academy, 2012-2013

Ava's Grace Scholarship Program, Board Member

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Education

Washington University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2011

Duke University, B.S., Economics and Computer Science, 2001

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