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Sam Araia • Associate



Samrawi (Sam) is an associate attorney and focuses his practice on a broad range of federal intellectual property matters, including U.S. and international trademark preparation, prosecution and litigation; copyright registrations and litigation matters. Mr. Araia has extensive experience in the field of U.S. and foreign intellectual property prosecution and federal litigation. Sam holds an LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property Law from the George Washington University School of Law, where he was a Thomas Buergenthal Scholar. He also received an LL.M. Degree in Comparative Intellectual Property and Competition Law from Munich Intellectual Property Law Center at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany, where he was a GRUR scholar. Prior to that he obtained an LL.B. (Distinction) Degree in Law from the University of Asmara, in Eritrea where he served as a teaching and research assistant at the Faculty of Law for two years. Sam enjoys long range running, reading, movies and cooking.

Practice Highlights & Technologies

Mr. Araia manages the international department and oversees client’s international patent portfolio, including the filing, prosecution and maintenance of foreign and Patent Cooperation Treaty international IP portfolios. His unique background and confluence of US, European and African legal training and experience also position him to provide global intellectual property asset management and patent procurement strategies. He is also involved in staff training to cultivate knowledge of the changing trends and practices in the IP industry. He is admitted to the New York State Bar.

Publications & Research

• Fight Or “Flight”: Testing Trademark Power in Film, Law360, New York (December 17, 2012) • Refusal to License Intellectual Property Rights: Analysis of the Legal Issues under European Laws with Special Emphasis on ‘Industry Standards’ (LL.M Thesis) •The Interface between Trademarks and Domain Names (Co-Author, EIPIN 2005-2006)   BACK