Leila Abdi is a student associate at Finnegan
Henderson Farabow Garrett and Dunner in the firm's
Electrical and Computer Technology Practice Group.
Her practice includes all aspects of patent prosecution
before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including
the preparation of patent applications, conducting
Examiner interviews and filing appeals to the
Board of Patent Appeals for patent applications
involving software, telecommunications, Internet
technologies, and business methods including e-business
and financial solutions. Additionally, she has
supported litigations involving infringement and
validity disputes, and has also drafted patentability
and clearance opinions.
Before joining Finnegan Henderson, Ms. Abdi worked
as a patent agent at an Intellectual Property
firm in Virginia. There she prepared and prosecuted
applications involving relational database technology,
e-commerce and business methods, computer networking
and architecture, telecommunications, and artificial
Prior to entering law school, Ms. Abdi worked
as a software developer for Accenture where she
helped develop software for Bellsouth's financial
sector for local calling as well has helping to
develop software solutions for Bellsouth launch
of long distance. While earning her degree in
Computer Science, Ms. Abdi taught and developed
curriculum for a Computer Science course at Georgia
Tech which covered topics ranging from Java, Perl,
HTML to Networking. Ms. Abdi also studied various
aspects of systems programming, networking, telecommunications,
human-computer interaction, software engineering,
theory of computation, database systems, and educational
Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent
and Trademark Office.
American University Washington College of Law
(J.D. expected 2005); Georgia Institute of Technology
(B.S. Computer Science, 2001).
American Bar Association, American Intellectual
Property Law Association, Federal Circuit Bar
Association; Woman's Bar Association.