Practice Areas

Trademark Prosecution, Estate Planning, Trusts


Prior to joining Dunegan Law, Aisha Y. Salem-Howey served as Executive Staff Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to China at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where she coordinated daily with the staff from five Consulates and senior-level State Department and other U.S. Government officials. She provided communications and operational support to the Ambassador for all meetings and events, and traveled with the Ambassador throughout China to provide on-the-ground support for high-level delegations. She also served as the U.S. Department of Commerce Intellectual Property (IP) Attaché for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) based at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait.  Her responsibilities included advising U.S. businesses in protecting and enforcing their IP rights in the MENA region; developing  and  implementing  education, outreach, and public awareness campaigns to promote the importance of IP protection; conducting capacity building programs for local officials to ensure more consistent application of international IP standards in registration and enforcement of IP rights; advocating U.S. government IP policy, interests, and initiatives by advising local governments on IP laws and policy; securing strong IP provisions in local laws; and monitoring the implementation of these provisions with relevant local authorities and other U.S. government agencies. Prior to becoming the IP Attaché in May 2013, Ms. Salem-Howey was a Trademark Examining Attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for 7 years. She has worked for the International Intellectual Property Alliance focusing on international copyright and trademark issues; the General Counsel’s Office of the U.S. Copyright Office focusing on U.S. copyright legislation and policy; Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, & Gilchrist, P.A., an IP boutique law firm, focusing on IP litigation; and NBC Universal’s Department of Business & Legal Affairs focusing on IP clearance and enforcement issues for Universal Theme Parks & Resorts worldwide.


Ms. Salem-Howey earned an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from The George Washington University Law School in 2006, a J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2005, and a B.A. in Performing Arts Management from The Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in 2002. Ms. Salem-Howey is a licensed member in good standing of The Florida Bar.

Selected Speaking Engagements

Intellectual Property: The Importance of Cross-Border Protection

  • C3 U.S.-Arab Business & Healthcare Summit, September 2016 (New York, New York)

Africa and Middle East Regional Update: Opportunity and Growth Amidst the Turmoil of the Middle East and a Rising Africa

  • International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, May 2016 (Orlando, Florida)

Healthcare Innovation, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship

  • Saudi International Healthcare Forum, March 2016 (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

Innovation & Branding – Why Intellectual Property Rights Matter for Startups and SMEs

  • Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry, January 2016 (Manama, Bahrain) [moderator]

Intellectual Property Rights and Risk-Taking: Key Factors in the Innovation Life Cycle for Young and Emerging Entrepreneurs

  • Global Entrepreneurship Summit, November 2014 (Marrakech, Morocco) [moderator]

Published Articles

The Perils of Software Piracy, Winter 2015, The Correspondent, a publication of the American Business Council of Kuwait.

IP 101 – what you need to know about your intangible assets (a/k/a intellectual property) when starting a business, March 2015 Issue No. 15, Communicate Magazine, in association with AdvertisingAge.

Responding to Online Piracy: Mapping the Legal and Policy Boundaries, 20 CommLaw Conspectus 1 (2012), Ann Chaitovitz, Charisma Hampton, Kevin Rosenbaum, Aisha Salem, Tom Stoll, and Albert Tramposch.

Finders Keepers? The Repatriation of Egyptian Art, 10 J. Tech. L. Pol’y 173 (2005).

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