SVIIF Jury Board

Board of Juries

Silicon Valley International Invention Festival (SVIIF) has a unique and professional board of juries comprised of the experts from well-known institutions in the USA including,IFIA Jury Board,United Inventors Association of America (UIA),Structural Engineering Institute (SEI),Santa Clara University (SCU) and many international professionals.The following judges are appointed to evaluate the showcased inventions and select the most promising ones.

Dr. Amin Ghafooripour

Santa Clara University Professor and Director at SEI (San Francisco Chapter) and SVIIF Advisor

John Calvert

Silicon Valley International Invention Festival, President of Jury

Stephen Key

Leading Expert in Licensing Consumer Product Ideas

Dr.Andy Wolfe

Technology and IP Consultant

Soody Tronson

operational experience in law, technology, and management in start-up and fortune 100 companies

Larry Udell

California Invention Center – founded with a Federal Grant in 1995

Harry Bims, PhD, SMIEEE

CEO BoughtStuff, Inc. &Secretary IEEE 802.16 Working Group

Prof. Reynaud Serrette

Santa Clara University, Professor at the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering

Dr Andrew Meng-cheung Young

Vice President of the Hong Kong Federation of Invention and Innovation

Elnaz Sarraf

Entrepreneur, CEO and Founder of ROYBI, a robotics company focused on early childhood education

Prof. Michal Szota

Professor of Faculty of Processing Technology and Materials Science, Czestochowa University of Technology

Patricia Nolan-Brown

Nolan Brown LLC, President

Efrat Kasznik

President, Foresight Valuation Group & Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stephen Koziol

Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office, Assistant Regional Director

Adrian Pelkus

A Squared Technologies, Inc. CEO

Zoran Barisic

European and Regional Initiatives for Innovation

Dr. Panthea Sepehrband

Santa Clara University, Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Edward J. Thometz

President of ASCE (San Francisco Chapter)


Meanwhile, the below criteria is utilized by SVIIF International Jury Board to assess the inventions:

1. Has the inventor gained national, international patent, or PCT?
Based on the number and type of patents the score giving differs. 0 is considered for an invention without patent, 1 for an invention with one national patent, 2 for two national patents, 3 for one PCT and one national patent, and 4 for an invention with one national, one international (EPO, USPTO) and one PCT.

2. Is the invention green or Eco-friendly?
The invention is evaluated considering its impact on environment. In case the invention causes pollution, 0 will be granted to it. 1 is considered for an invention which does not cause any pollution. Regarding the extent of mitigating pollution, the jury should allocate a number between 2 to 4.

3. At what stage of development is it? Is it a Poster? Poster with 3D image? Animated film? Prototype made? An invention ready for market?
Exactly like the order which is given in the question, the score of 0 is devoted to Poster, 1 to Poster with 3D image, 2 to animated film, 3 to Prototype and 4 to an invention ready for market.

4. Has the invention been granted scientific certification?
Some of the inventions do not require scientific certification; in this case the jury must review the possibility of putting the claimed invention into practice. If the invention needs a scientific certification,then regarding the validity and the number of certifications, a score between 0 and 4 is dedicated to the invention.

5. Is there a public demand for the invention?
The popularity of invention should be estimated by the jury. If the invention is seasonal or it can be used in limited geographical territories, lower score will be devoted to it.

6. Does the invention involve high technology?
The juries are required to evaluate the extent of technologies applied in the invention. A higher score will be allotted to an invention in which modern technologies have been utilized.

7. Is the invention more useful than the existing products?
Depending on the extent of innovation used in the invention in comparison to the available products in the market, a score within the range of 0 to 4 must be granted to the invention.

8. Does the invention have an economic impact or potential for economic impact?
The jury members should estimate how much the commercialization of this invention can be income rising and accordingly rate the invention.

9. Is the invention ready to be commercialized?
The possibility of invention commercialization shall be evaluated and rated by the Jury between 0 and 3. In case it has the Feasibility Study Report, the score of 4 must be considered for it.

10. Has the invention been awarded an international prize?
Considering the number of international awards, as well as their importance, the invention will be rated.