USPTO Selects San Jose City Hall as Permanent Space for Silicon Valley Satellite Office

The USPTO has selected the San Jose City Hall building as the permanent location for the Silicon Valley satellite office. The search for permanent office space was put on hold in July due to sequestration. Generous support and assistance from the City of San Jose, the California State Assembly’s Speaker’s Office, along with the collective support for the satellite office championed by members of the California congressional delegation, provide timely benefits as the USPTO moves forward with occupying permanent space in Silicon Valley by the end of 2014. Read the press release

Yalda and Member Appreciation Event

Dear Colleagues,
We are going to have Yalda night celebration and Members appreciation on Friday December 20th in Madison North Auditorium from 6pm-9pm.
Address: 600 Dulany St, Alexandria, VA ‎
Please purchase your tickets in advance from ticket sellers listed below.
Food, Drink and Persian pastries will be provided.
As a token of appreciation IPSIA is preparing a gift for our supportive paid-members.
Tickets:
Paid-members = FREE
Non-Members (including family and friends) = $10.00/Person
Children under 5 =  FREE

Parking: There are FREE parking on street after 5 pm

Ticket sellers:
Arvin Eskandarnia
Arash Beheshti Shirazi
For further questions or to attend this event please email IPSIA@USPTO.gov
Hope to see you all there.
Best,
IPSIA Officers

IPSIA Election News

We would like to thank everyone who voted in this election. The new executive officers will start their term on January 1st, 2014

The result of the November 19th election is the following:

President: Mr. Ali Shayanfar
Vice President: Mr. Arvin Eskandarnia
Treasurer: Mr. Davoud Zand
Secretary: Ms. Noosha Arjomandi

IPSIA Electoral Committee

A Winning Way to Deal With Waste

Engineers at Cal Tech, including Asghar Aryanfar, have–at the urging of the Gates Foundation–created a new toilet for the developing world that will help stop disease and also generate power, even in the most remote locations.
PhD Student and Research Assistant Asghar Aryanfar is the first prize recepient of the ‘Reinvent the toilet’ challenge, a universal competition initiated by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He did the design and flow analysis for the unit.
         A solar-powered toilet that turns urine and feces into hydrogen and electricity has won a $100,000 first prize in the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The prize was announced at the foundation’s “Reinvent the Toilet Fair” in Seattle, Washington, which showcased dozens of projects that aim to create an inexpensive and eco-friendly alternative to the flush toilet.
This invention was featured on CNN. Please click here to watch the news on CNN.

To learn more please click here.