Avoid common mistakes before applying for a patent

Acting Regional Director Stephen Koziol, Western Regional Office, USPTO

Join us on Wednesday, October 19th at 9am!

In-person location: Lighty 405

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will highlight some common mistakes that innovators could avoid before starting the patent process.  Topics include:

  • Identifying your invention to patent
  • Understanding the risks of early disclosure
  • Importance of patent searching
  • Differences between provisional and nonprovisional patent applications
  • Resources and assistance available through the USPTO

Mr. Steve Koziol Bio:

As the Acting Regional Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Silicon Valley Regional Office, Steve Koziol carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO and is responsible for leading the USPTO’s West Coast regional office in Silicon Valley. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Mr. Koziol ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

Mr. Koziol also serves as the Managing Regional Assistant Director for the Silicon Valley Regional Office. In this role, he leads the coordination of stakeholder outreach efforts at the Silicon Valley Regional Office, ensuring the equitable distribution of USPTO services and resources across the western region. 

Mr. Koziol has served the USPTO for nearly 15 years, starting as a patent examiner and working through various management roles as a supervisory patent examiner at headquarters, the Rocky Mountain Regional Office, and the Silicon Valley Regional Office. 

While at the USPTO, Mr. Koziol has led or contributed to numerous projects impacting patent operations, including the AIA Post Grant Outcomes program, AIA First Inventor to File implementation, AIPLA Partnering in Patents, and patent operations cost and fee modeling. As a supervisory patent examiner, he has managed teams of patent examiners in the computer graphics and digital imaging fields. He has received two distinct Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Awards.

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

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