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An Interview with Chief Judge David Ruschke of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Kevin R. Greenleaf

©2017. Published in Landslide, Vol. 9, No. 3, January/February 2017, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

David P. Ruschke is Chief Judge for the Patent and Trial Appeal Board (PTAB). He was appointed to the position in May 2016. As chief judge, Dr. Ruschke leads the PTAB which is authorized to conduct post-grant trials following the passage of the American Invents Act in 2011. Dr. Ruschke manages the PTAB as it conducts trials, including inter partes, post-grant, and covered business method patent reviews and derivation proceedings, hears appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings, and renders decisions in interferences.

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