Samie S. Leigh received her law degree from The University of Houston Law Center, where she served as the submissions editor of the Houston Business & Tax Law Journal. Her paper “Safe Harboring the Cloud on an Evolving Digital Platform” was selected for publication in the Spring 2017 edition of the Journal. She was also a recipient of the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association scholarship awarded in Fall 2016, as well as a scholarship with the Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law at the University of Houston Law Center.
While attending the law school part-time program, Ms. Leigh worked full-time as an engineer at ExxonMobil Chemical Company in the Polyolefin Technology group, particularly in the development of improved Polyethylene and Polypropylene resins.
Prior to law school, she graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics where she was a member of Omega Chi Epsilon Honors Society. During her time at Rutgers University, Ms. Leigh was an enlisted veteran in the New Jersey Air National Guard where she deployed once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and once in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In her current role, Ms. Leigh primarily supports the food and beverage technology patent prosecution group and also has experience in oil and gas tools, sports garments, medical devices, hand-held tools, and a number of other technologies. She also has experience in trademark prosecution, cancellations, and litigation. Ms. Leigh co-authored the paper “Early Patent Eligibility Challenges After Alice,” with Vincent Allen which was published in the Spring 2019 issue of The Advocate, State Bar Litigation Section Report.
Ms. Leigh is currently qualified to practice before the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas and is a registered patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Dallas Bar Association, and Attorneys Serving the Community. She also serves on the Big Board for BBBS, nonprofit organization.