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Photo of Chief Judge David Ruschke from the Patent Office’s website

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”)  will host a “Boardside Chat” on Tuesday, July 26 from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (U.S.)  New Chief Judge David Ruschke will host the chat.

If you are interested in participating, you can  access the program via the USPTO’s Livestream system (link is here ) (http://livestream.com/uspto/PTABChat072616).  According to the Patent Office, Chief Judge Ruschke will discuss his background, as well as “his vision and priorities for the PTAB.”

As Chief Judge, Dr. Ruschke leads the PTAB, which  presides over post-grant and other trials following the passage of the American Invents Act in 2011.  These proceedings include inter partes, post-grant, and covered business method patent reviews.  Also included are derivation proceedings, appeals from adverse  examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings, and decisions in interferences.

Judge Ruschke began his new role at the USPTO on May 23, 2016. According to the USPTO website, before joining the USPTO, Ruschke managed the intellectual property portfolio of Medtronic’s CSH business unit.  Dr. Ruschke received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center, and holds a PhD in organometallic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in chemistry from the University of Minnesota.

You can ask Judge Ruschke questions through the comment section of the program via the Livestream link.