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Temnit Afework

T: 202-434-1500 | F: 202-434-1501

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Temnit Afework


Temnit Afework is a partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Staas & Halsey LLP. Her patent prosecution experience emphasizes electrical equipments, computer hardware and software, Internet applications, and business methods. Ms. Afework has worked under contract with the Social Security Administration as part of a technical team responsible for upgrading the government’s networks. Prior to law school, she worked for the Department of Justice – Bureau of Prisons in nationwide computer network training for government computer system engineers and assisted in the implementation of firewalls for secure access to government networks. She also worked as a law clerk for the District of Columbia Courts.

Ms. Afework has an information systems science and computer science degree (B.S.) and an administration of justice: judicial administration degree (B.A.) from Salve Regina University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has a law degree (J.D.) from the George Washington University law school. Ms. Afework is admitted to practice before the District of Columbia Bar and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She holds memberships in numerous professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Ms. Afework enjoys taking photography classes and participating in charity races. She also enjoys riding her bike to work when possible.


  • Software applications, artificial intelligence
  • Mobile, video and audio, display, printing devices
  • Power and memory management systems
  • Standards, such as MPEG, HEVC, etc.
  • Telecommunication and related technology
  • Networks, Wired/Wireless Communication, IoT
  • Appliances
  • Ball bearings and other industrial and automotive equipment
  • Mechanical devices
  • Hard disks (HDD) and optical discs (ODD)
  • Robotics

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers


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1201 New York Avenue, N.W.
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Washington, D.C. 20005

T. 202.434.1500 | F. 202.434.1501

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