S. Jafar Ali

S. Jafar Ali

Of Counsel

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Registered to practice before: United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of Virginia


  • J.D., cum laude, George Mason University School of Law, 2008
  • B.S., Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park, 2001


Federal Circuit Bar Association

External Publications

You Suggest What? How KSR Returned Bite to Nonobviousness, 16 FED. CIR. B.J., 247 (2006).


Mr. Ali performs various tasks relating to all phases in patent prosecution, including preparing new patent applications, responding to Office Actions, and handling appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. 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.

Mr. Ali has substantial technical expertise in many computer and electrical arts, including 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, network security, service level management, and social media. Mr. Ali also has patent experience in fields relating to financial instruments, auditing systems and other business applications, and governance, risk, and compliance. Mr. Ali has 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.

While attending George Mason University School of Law, Mr. Ali served as the Case Comments Editor and a staff writer for the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. Mr. Ali has authored an article treating the standard for nonobviousness, entitled You Suggest What? How KSR Returned Bite to Nonobviousness, which was published in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal.