Ali Allawi is an associate in the Electrical Patent Prosecution practice group wherein his duties include drafting and prosecuting patent applications for domestic and international clients. His practice includes assisting in preparation and prosecution of patent applications with a focus in electrical circuits, telecommunications, and computer hardware/software arts.

Prior to joining Oblon, Mr. Allawi consulted on IP matters in the Middle East. His work included working with private and government enterprises on developing, adopting and advancing IP best practices within their respective jurisdictions. Mr. Allawi’s work included helping Middle Eastern research institutes build innovation ecosystems; regional patent offices adopt advanced examination procedures and he also helped state owned enterprises form strategic partnerships with Western enterprises.

Mr. Allawi also worked at an IP firm in Virginia drafting and prosecuting patent applications in a wide array of technologies, including electrical circuits, semiconductors, telecommunications, semiconductor fabrication, integrated circuits, 3G/4G wireless technologies, data processing technologies, e-commerce, GPS and location based information services and social media, data transmission and beam forming technologies, memory devices, wireless power transmission systems, and blanking and transmission signal power management systems.

While in law school, Mr. Allawi worked at the United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN-OHCHR) – Right to Development Section in Geneva, Switzerland. Part of his work focused on researching the synergies between right to development, intellectual property and human rights. Mr. Allawi further worked on the effects that technology transfer and IP rights have on public health and access to essential medicines. In particular, he worked on targeting development-oriented technical assistance programs that were transparent and took into account the priorities and special needs of developing countries. Mr. Allawi also worked at George Mason University Office of Technology Transfer. There, he worked with professors and students to develop their ideas and helped patent and commercialize their inventions through licensing mechanisms.

Prior to going to law school, Mr. Allawi was an electrical engineer for Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he developed software and hardware integration solutions for US and international clients focused on communications, signal processing and system integration of C4ISR system architectures on Naval vessels. He was also a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office where he worked in the optics, measuring and testing device art unit.


  • University of New Hampshire School of Law (J.D.)
    • Certificate of Intellectual Property
  • George Mason University (B.S.)
    • Electrical Engineering


  • Maryland
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC)- Former Chair - Federal Circuit Committee
  • World Intellectual Property Organization – Electronic Technology and Innovation Support Centers (WIPO-eTISC)
  • American Intellectual Property Organization (AIPLA)
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)


  • Arabic