Pursuant to the negotiations between IFIA and USPTO representatives, Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office collaborates in the Silicon Valley International Invention Festival (SVIIF) which is going to be held fromJuly 2nd to 4th 2018 in Santa Clara Convention Center.

Regional Director of Silicon Valley USPTO, Mr. John Cabeca, delivers a keynote speech in the opening ceremony and organizes a workshop discussing intellectual property (IP) strategies and the reasons why entrepreneurs should consider them.

The following topics will be covered in this session:

  • Overview of intellectual property types:  patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets
  • Why should innovators and entrepreneurs consider protecting their IP?
  • Understanding the risks of early disclosure
  •  Resources and assistance available through the USPTO


John Cabeca

Director of the West Coast United States Patent and Trademark Office in Silicon Valley

 Mr. Cabeca previously served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO and has been a veteran of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for over 27 years, . In this role, he worked closely across the Agency’s leadership to execute the policies and priorities for the USPTO. He began his career at the USPTO as a patent examiner after graduating from Widener University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Mr. Cabeca became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 1997 and joined the Senior Executive Service in 2008 serving as a Patent Technology Center Director over the semiconductor and electrical systems technologies.

Mr. Cabeca has devoted much of his career to the USPTO’s outreach and education programs concentrating on small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs.

Stephen (Steve) Koziol

Assistant Regional Director of the Silicon Valley regional office of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Mr. Koziol joined the USPTO in 2007 as a patent examiner, and has managed teams of examiners in the computer graphics and digital imaging fields. For the last two years, Mr. Koziol has worked in the Rocky Mountain regional office of the USPTO in Denver, CO, where he led the design and implementation of various intellectual property outreach and education programs. He has also focused on the development of patent-specific programs within the USPTO, including the Post-Grant Outcomes program, AIA First Inventor to File implementation, AIPLA Partnering in Patents, and patent operations cost and fee modeling.

Mr. Koziol received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

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