Susan Su
Susan Su
Primary Patent Examiner, US Patent and Trademark Office
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I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University (State University of New York) and then went on to complete a Ph.D. in Bioengineering in UC San Diego. Soon after, I spent a summer at the National Academy of Engineering as a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow. I joined the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as a patent examiner. examining patent applications and evaluating the patentability of claimed inventions. I currently work at the West Coast Regional Office of the USPTO, located in downtown San Jose, CA.
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B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Binghamton University, 2001. Ph.D. in Bioengineering, UC San Diego, 2007.
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
  • I am willing to host a field trip to my place of employment.
Latest Questions
  • Gracie Hacker

    Added Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    I am in high school and I was wondering what it would be like if I went into that field
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    Susan Su, US Patent and Trademark Office
    Answered Monday, March 27, 2017 at 1:55 PM
    Whether or not a major is “worth it” depends on your interests and goals.  Are you interested in engineering? Like solving medical problems (be it on the nanoscale or macroscopic level)?  Is income or job security important to you?  Biomedical ...
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  • Kira, Renton

    Added Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    I want to be a biomedical engineer but it is hard to find a school with a biomedical program that will fit my budget. If I go to a school with a bioengineering program can I use that bioengineering degree to get a job in the biomedical field or do I have to specifically major in biomedical engineering to be a biomedical engineer? Thank you!
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    Susan Su, US Patent and Trademark Office
    Answered Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Dear Kira,

    Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering are synonyms.  While bioengineering technically covers a much wider field than biomedical engineering, but in reality just about all bioengineering programs out there are actually biomedical ...

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  • Christina, Philadelphia asked Susan Su, US Patent and Trademark Office

    Added Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    What is the difference between a patent agent and a patent examiner? I am interested in getting into this field but not really sure where to begin? I graduated with a biology major and am currently working full time in a healthcare data management company (pretty far off from patents). Is there a job to look for before actually becoming an agent? (I know you need to take the bar exam before being able to practice as an agent). What are the steps or timeline?
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    Susan Su, US Patent and Trademark Office
    Answered Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    A patent examiner, such as me, works for the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  This is a government agency that reviews patent applications and decides whether or not the application presents an invention worthy of a patent (and the legal ...

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