Salvador M. Bezos is a director in Sterne Kessler’s Electronics Practice Group. Sal helps clients develop enforceable patent portfolios in a wide range of technical areas, including user interfaces, financial software products, cloud computing, parallel and distributed computer architectures, 3D printing, computer graphics, networking, automotive technology, databases, and computer architectures. He helps inventors secure patents that can withstand validity challenges by leveraging his extensive experience representing patent owners and petitioners alike in trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), as well as by educating and working collaboratively with inventors in the business method and software areas in order to find the strongest approaches to statutory subject matter issues.

Sal is one of the senior directors at the firm who actively provides support and mentorship for the PTAB’s Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP), which provides associates with training and development opportunities in PTAB proceedings, including oral argument.

Sal’s legal leadership extends beyond intellectual property. As a member of the firm’s pro bono committee, Sal has collaborated with Washington, D.C.-area legal aid services to expand the firm’s pro bono practice into immigration law. Through this program, Sal and the firm have filed a habeas petition to reunite an immigrant child with his family, helped victims of violence and abuse apply for U Nonimmigrant Status, counseled detained immigrants in numerous bond hearings, and helped DACA recipients navigate changes in the law. In conjunction with these efforts, Sal serves on the Board of Directors of Legal Aid Justice Center, a Virginia legal services provider that partners with communities and clients to achieve justice by dismantling systems that create and perpetuate poverty.

Sal is a recognized leader in securing and defending patent rights, having served as an adjunct professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School since 2012, where he teaches patent writing. His teaching experience informs the relationships he curates with inventors; by arming his clients with knowledge about critical intellectual property issues, he serves their individual needs effectively and efficiently. Sal also serves as the vice chair of the PTAB Trial Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and has been a regular speaker on PTAB topics at committee events.

Sal’s passion for education extends beyond the classroom and his practice to his local community. He currently serves 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.

Sal earned his J.D., Intellectual Property Law Specialty Track, from George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, 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.

  • Super Lawyers, “Rising Star – Washington D.C.” (2021 – 2018)

  • B.S., Intellectual Property Law Specialty Track, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
  • B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
  • B.S., Computer Engineering, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • Virginia

American Intellectual Property Law Association: PTAB Trial Committee, Chair (2022-2024)

  • Spanish

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