Susan Su
Susan Su
Patent Examiner, US Patent and Trademark Office
CA
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Biography

Susan graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University (State University of New York). She went on to complete her Ph.D. in Bioengineering in UC San Diego. Soon after, she joined the US Patent and Trademark Office as a patent examiner, evaluating patent applications to determine the patentability of claimed inventions. She currently works remotely for the USPTO from home in the sunny central California.

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Education
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Binghamton University, 2001. Ph.D. in Bioengineering, UC San Diego, 2007.
Latest Questions
  • 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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  • Jessica

    Added Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Hi, I am a senior who is very interested in becoming a prosthetic technician. However, I am not sure what track I should study in college. I was thinking that getting a degree in Biomedical Engineering will be my best option, but I am not sure. If you could help me out with this. That will be great. Trying to figure this out before I start paying for college. Thanks, Jessica
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    Susan Su, US Patent and Trademark Office
    Answered Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11:18 AM

     Hi Jessica,

    Ah, so many tough decisions to make during the last year in high school!  If you’re interested in prosthetics, yes, the obvious first choice would be to choose biomedical engineering, since you’ll need to know the ...

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