Salvador M. Bezos is a director in Sterne Kessler’s Electronics Practice Group. Sal provides services in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). He develops enforceable patent portfolios capable of withstanding scrutiny in America Invents Act (AIA) proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and helps inventors navigate tricky post-Alice statutory subject matter (101) issues in the business method and software spaces. Sal is also part of the firm's Patent Office Litigation Practice. He has represented patent owners and petitioners in numerous Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Covered Business Method (CBM) review proceedings before the PTAB.
Sal’s practice covers a range of technical areas, including automotive technology, databases, user interfaces, financial software products, computer graphics, networking, and computer architectures. As a graduate student, Sal’s work focused on the design of hardware modules for high-speed digital testing applications. His graduate studies were further directed to the areas of parallel and distributed computer architectures, parallel software development, and databases.
Sal is passionate about education. He is an adjunct professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, where he has taught a course on patent writing since 2012. He is also on the Board of Directors of Computer CORE, a Virginia non-profit whose mission is to teach low-income adults the technological and professional skills needed to pursue their career aspirations. In addition, Sal served as the chair of the Technology and Engineering Education Advisory Board for Fairfax County Public Schools and as a general board member for ten years, where he provided industry perspectives and review of Fairfax County’s middle and high school engineering curriculum.
Through Sal’s collaboration with Washington, D.C.-area legal aid services, the firm’s pro bono practice has expanded to include an immigration law practice. Through this program, the firm has helped victims of violence and abuse apply for U Nonimmigrant Status, and DACA recipients apply for status renewal, among other efforts.
Sal earned his J.D., Intellectual Property Law Specialty Track, from George Mason University School of Law, his M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and his B.S. in computer engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.