Samie S. Leigh, Associate

Patent attorney with product development and engineering experience

Samie Leigh doesn’t back down from an opportunity to learn something new, and that dedication and curiosity fuels her legal practice. She helps clients secure patents for a variety of applications, from polymers and synthetics to semiconductor technology and more. She has also drafted patent applications for food and beverage compositions and packaging as well as oil and gas tools.

Before practicing law, Samie spent more than three years with roles as both a process and product technology engineer at ExxonMobil Chemical Company. Her work focused on new product development for polymer technologies — particularly improved polyethylene and polypropylene resins — and she often worked alongside the company’s legal team through research and development.

A lawyer who listens, whether you’re a big corporation or solo inventor

Some people gravitate to familiarity, but Samie has an appetite for exploring new technologies and helping inventors bring their ideas to life. She has a keen ability to sift through product details, identify the novel features and narrow the focus on what is patentable.

Samie has a wide variety of experience ranging from working with inventors at a multinational powerhouse company to helping solo entrepreneurs who have pitched on “Shark Tank.” Thanks to her unique background, she understands the entire lifecycle of product development from R&D to patentability to testing and marketing.

Military veteran and mentor committed to community service

Samie served in the Air National Guard for six years as an Emergency Management staff sergeant. She was deployed to Ali Al Salem in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and again to Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

She also volunteers as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Dallas and with Attorneys Serving the Community, an organization of women lawyers and law students who support non-profits in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Outside the office, Samie enjoys rock climbing and running, from 5Ks and half-marathons to “Savage Races” and “Tough Mudders.” She ran her first full marathon while deployed in Iraq.

Practice Areas

● Chemical

● Electronics + Semiconductor Technologies

● Patent Preparation + Prosecution

Education

● J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2016

● B.S., Chemical Engineering and Mathematics, Rutgers University, 2012

Bar Admissions

● State Bar of Texas

● U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

● United States Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Affiliations

● American Bar Association

● Dallas Asian Bar Association

● Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

● Dallas Bar Association

Publications

● Vincent J. Allen & Samie S. Leigh, “Early Patent Eligibility Challenges After Alice,” 86 The Advocate 13 (2019).

● Samie S. Leigh, Safe Harboring the Cloud on an Evolving Digital Platform, 17 Hous. Bus. & Tax L.J. 79 (2016–2017).

Practice Areas

Education

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2016
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering and Mathematics, Rutgers University, 2012

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Asian Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Dallas Bar Association