Demystifying the Patent Process

Aug 21 3:00 pm — 5:00 pm

Event Details

Date: 21 August 2024

Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 3rd Floor (SJPL Works)

Time: 3 PM – 5 PM

Join the San José State Silicon Valley SBDC workshop in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to learn about the different types of patents, including utility, design, and plant. In this session, USPTO experts will discuss the difference between provisional patent applications and non-provisional patent applications and their use. Get connected to pro bono services for your intellectual property.

Attendees will also learn about:

  • The process of patent prosecution
  • The role of patent examiners at the USPTO
  • What to expect when working with the USPTO
  • Resources available through USPTO to protect your IP

* Free parking with validation is available at 4th Street Garage


Ali Soroush
Primary Patent Examiner (TC1600) / Assistant Outreach Coordinator

Silicon Valley Regional Office of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Mr. Ali Soroush has served the USPTO for over 17 years as a patent examiner in the biotechnology area, with special focus on pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and herbicides. Also, Mr. Soroush contributed to several projects including the development of Global Dossier and the implementation of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Standard ST.26 (presentation of nucleotide and amino acid sequence listings using xml). Further, he was on detail with the Office of Solicitor and served as a trainer in the Patent Academy. While at the USPTO, Ali received one distinct Department of Commerce Bronze Award.

Mr. Soroush received his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from University of Maryland College Park, his Masters of Science degree in Biotechnology with a concentration in Bioinformatics from Johns Hopkins University, and his J.D. from University of Baltimore School of Law.

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