The Inventor’s Patent Academy Webinar Series: Working with the Patent Office

April 16, 2024
11:00 am
12:00 pm


Partner Series

Sponsored by Qualcomm, this WEPAN webinar series explores topics covered in The Inventor’s Patent Academy (TIPA), a free three-part course that supports current and future inventors in understanding patenting, intellectual property, and how to navigate the patenting system. TIPA, created in partnership by Qualcomm and Invent Together, promotes equitable innovation ecosystems by providing open access to patenting information often withheld from marginalized inventors.

The third and final webinar in this WEPAN series aligns with Module 3 of TIPA, "Working with the Patent Office," which covers how to write claims, office actions and responses, and activities that occur after your patent issues. Join us for this panel discussion featuring experts who will share their knowledge, strategies, tools, and tips for navigating your own patent journey.

TIPA is a six-hour course you can complete at your own pace. Each of the three modules is broken down into lessons of approximately 10 minutes, allowing for completion on a timeline that works for you. To learn more about The Inventor's Patent Academy and to take Module 1, visit



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Almesha L. Campbell, PhD
Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Jackson State University

Almesha L. Campbell, Ph.D. is the Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Jackson State University (JSU). In this capacity, she supports the Vice President with overall responsibility for the Division of Research and Economic Development. For over 12 years, she has served as the Director for Technology Transfer and Commercialization at JSU and continues to manage the intellectual property process from triage of invention disclosures to commercialization.

Almesha designs and manages a number of national and local programs around innovation and entrepreneurship in an effort to broaden the participation of underrepresented minorities in these areas.  She has garnered approximately $12M in federal grants and contracts since 2016. She is the principal investigator or co-principal investigator for several federally funded programs including the National Science Foundation (NSF) Mid-South I-Corps Hub and the National Institutes of Health REACH Hub , the NSF Enabling SBE Science via the Network for Transformative Research program, the NSF Engines Development Award: Advancing Food Security and Climate Resilience (MS), and the recently awarded NSF Accelerating Research Translation program led by the University of Southern Mississippi.

Elizabeth Dougherty, JD
Regional Outreach Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office Eastern Regional Office

As the Eastern Regional Outreach Director for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Elizabeth Dougherty carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the USPTO's East Coast stakeholder engagement. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Dougherty ensures the USPTO's initiatives and programs are tailored to the region's unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

Ms. Dougherty has more than 25 years of experience working at the USPTO. She served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. In this role, she worked closely across the Agency's leadership to implement the policies and priorities for the USPTO. She began her career at the USPTO as a patent examiner after graduating from The Catholic University of America with a bachelor's degree in physics. While a patent examiner, Ms. Dougherty went on to obtain her J.D. from The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America and served as a Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of Patent Legal Administration for a significant part of her career. Over the years, she has also served in the USPTO's Office of Petitions, the Office of Innovation Development, and the Office of Government Affairs.

Azryana Soto, BS
Co-founder and COO, Sensatek Propulsion Technology, Inc.

Azryana earned a BSc in Molecular Biology and completed the Technology Commercialization Acceleration Program (Fall 2016). She led the National Science Foundation I-Corps Program effort and achieved 1st place in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Megawatt Ventures Business Pitch Competition.

Reamonn Soto, MS
Founder and CEO, Sensatek Propulsion Technology, Inc.

Reamonn is a Marine Corps Veteran and holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Florida A & M University and Masters of Science in Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He received hands-on training in scientific research in the field of astrophysics and condensed matter physics at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and Center for Plasma Science and Technology (CePAST). He is also an active member of the Propulsion Instrumentation Working Group (PIWG), IEEE Sensors Council, Antennas and Propagation Society. Prior to founding Sensatek, he was a Certified Business Consultant with the Florida SBDC, assisting over 200 clients in creating 68 new businesses, that raised over $9.6 million in capital, and generated more than $79 million in sales. Also, he served as a business consultant with the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at Florida State University helping to assist over 120 CEOs on business model development through the Small Business Executive Program.

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