George Mason University School of Law
(J.D., cum laude) – 2008
University of Maryland
(B.S. Computer Science) – 2001
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
Jafar Ali is an expert in the patent prosecution field. His practice primarily consists of preparing and prosecuting new patent applications. He also has experience working on complex patent prosecution matters, including reissue and reexamination proceedings, drafting letters of instruction to foreign counsel regarding the prosecution of PCT and national stage applications filed abroad, preparing opinions and analysis regarding patentability, infringement, and freedom-to-operate investigations, reviewing and responding to opposing counsel regarding cease-and-desist letters and other threatened litigation, and analyzing intellectual property issues involved in transactional due diligence.
Jafar has substantial technical expertise in many computer and electrical arts, including 4G/5G telecommunications, cybersecurity, data analytics platforms, blockchain, the Internet of Things, cloud infrastructures, virtualization, Linux environments, voice recognition, service-oriented architectures and other emerging service delivery models, open source licensing, software due diligence, object-oriented programming, service level management, and social media. Jafar also has patent experience in fields relating to financial instruments, auditing systems and other business applications, and governance, risk, and compliance.
Prior to joining Harrity & Harrity, Jafar worked for both Muncy, Geisler, Olds, & Lowe, P.C. and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. He also served as a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office where he examined patent applications related to operating systems, virtual machines, and computer networks.
Author, “You Suggest What? How KSR Returned Bite to Nonobviousness,” 16 Federal Circuit Bar Journal 247 (2006)