Judge Raymond T. Chen
Circuit Judge, RAYMOND T. CHEN was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack H. Obama in 2013, confirmed by the Senate on August 1, 2013 and assumed his office on August 5, 2013.
Judge Chen served as Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor at the United States Patent and Trademark Office from 2008 to 2013. He was an Associate Solicitor in that office from 1998 to 2008. From 1996 to 1998, Judge Chen served as a Technical Assistant at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Before joining the court staff, Judge Chen was an associate with Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear from 1994 to 1996. Before entering law school, Judge Chen worked as a scientist at the law firm of Hecker & Harriman from 1989 to 1991.
Judge Chen received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 1994 and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1990.
Chief Judge Scott Boalick
The Honorable Scott R. Boalick is the Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). In this role, he leads the PTAB as it conducts post-grant trials, including inter partes reviews, post-grant reviews, covered business method patent reviews and derivation proceedings, and as it hears appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings.
Chief Judge Boalick was appointed to the Board in 2007. Prior to becoming the Chief Judge, he served as an Administrative Patent Judge, Lead Judge, Vice Chief Judge, and Deputy Chief Judge.
Before joining the USPTO, Judge Boalick served as a patent attorney with the Department of the Navy at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Laboratory. In these roles, he advised clients concerning a wide range of intellectual property issues, including patent, trademark, copyright, technology transfer, administrative claims, and rights in technical data and computer software. He prepared and prosecuted patent applications and assisted the Invention Evaluation Board to select and prioritize inventions for patenting. Before that, he practiced with Fish & Richardson in Washington, D.C., where he counseled clients on all aspects of protecting intellectual property, including patent acquisition, portfolio management, and litigation. He litigated claims of patent infringement in the International Trade Commission, district court, and the Federal Circuit, and also prepared and prosecuted numerous patent applications in a variety of technology areas. Prior to his time at Fish & Richardson, Judge Boalick served as a law clerk to the Hon. Alvin A. Schall of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Judge Boalick began his career as an officer in the U.S. Navy, serving as a division officer on the USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) and as an instructor at the Surface Warfare Officer School. After his active duty service, he worked as a radar systems engineer at Technology Service Corporation.
Judge Boalick earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center where he was a Notes and Comments Editor of The Georgetown Law Journal and received the Leon Robbin Patent Award. He earned both an M.S.E. in Systems Engineering and a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.
HONORABLE MELISSA A. HAAPALA
The Honorable Melissa A. Haapala was appointed as Vice Chief Administrative Patent Judge to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on September 27, 2021. Judge Haapala was appointed as an Administrative Patent Judge on November 17, 2014, and has served as a Senior Lead Administrative Patent Judge and a Lead Administrative Patent Judge. In addition to her executive management and supervisory responsibilities, Judge Haapala has presided over numerous interparties reviews under the America Invents Act (AIA) and heard hundreds of appeals from adverse decisions of examiners in patent applications. Prior to joining PTAB, she worked as a staff software engineer for Storage Technology, practiced at several law firms, served as Senior Counsel at Sun Microsystems, and as Assistant General Counsel at Ricoh.
Vice Chief Administrative Patent Judge Haapala earned a law degree from the University of Denver College of Law, a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, Management of Technology from Regis University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado. She is also the mother of three boys.
Ian C. Ballon is a litigator who is Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Global Intellectual
Property & Technology
Practice Group and represents internet, mobile, entertainment and technology companies in
intellectual property and technology-related litigation and in the defense of data privacy,
security breach and AdTech class action suits.
Ian is also the author of the leading treatise on internet and mobile law, E-Commerce and Internet
Law: Treatise with Forms 2d edition, the 5-volume set published by West (www.IanBallon.net) and
available on Westlaw, which includes extensive coverage of intellectual property law issues. In
addition, he is the author of The Complete CAN-SPAM Act Handbook (West 2008) and The Complete State
Security Breach Notification Compliance Handbook (West 2009). In addition, he serves as Executive
Director of Stanford University Law School’s Center for the Digital Economy. He also chairs PLI’s
annual Advanced Defending Data Privacy, Security Breach and TCPA Class Action Litigation
conference. Ian previously served as an Advisor to ALI’s Intellectual Property: Principles
Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and Judgments in Transactional Disputes (ALI Principles of
the Law 2007) and as a member of the consultative group for ALI’s Principles of Data Privacy Law
(ALI Principles of Law 2020).
Holds JD and LLM degrees and the CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy
Richard C. Gilmore
Rick is involved in all aspects of intellectual property law, with a focus on patent and trademark
application preparation and prosecution domestically and internationally. He represents large and
small clients from a diverse range of industries and often works directly with in-house counsel to
develop and maintain their worldwide patent and trademark portfolios. His patent practice includes
utility and design patents, appeals to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Board of Appeals and
Interferences, and reexamination proceedings.
Rick is a frequent speaker on patent and trademark matters. He speaks each year at the American
Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Annual Trademark Boot Camp. He has also taught many
law school classes on patent and trademark issues.
Rick is most at home in the water. He’s a three-time All-American swimmer, competing at a national
and international level. At one point, he was ranked as one of the top twenty-five
swimmers in the world. When on dry land, Rick enjoys golfing, skiing, and running.
Heather has over 17 years of experience as a patent attorney and in a wide range of intellectual property matters, including the acquisition and enforcement of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret rights, computer and multimedia law, and administrative actions before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office.
Heather attended Brigham Young University, where she earned a B.S. in Mathematics prior to attending law school at the University of San Diego. While attending law school, Heather worked as a law clerk for a large golf company and later at a pharmaceutical company.
After finishing law school, Heather returned to Utah as an associate at Workman Nydegger until leaving with several colleagues to form Maschoff Brennan. Heather was an associate and then shareholder at Maschoff Brennan for 11 years before leaving in 2021 to become the Director of Patents and Open Source at eBay. At eBay, Heather and her team help advise the business in a number of areas including managing eBay’s patent portfolio, securing trade secrets, and advising eBay’s Open Source community.
Michael E. McCabe, Jr.
Michael E. McCabe, Jr. is the Managing Partner of McCabe Ali LLP, resident in the firm’s Potomac, Maryland office. Michael has practiced IP law for thirty years and is a registered patent attorney and nationally recognized lecturer and author on topics related to ethics and malpractice in the practice of intellectual property law.
Michael’s practice focuses on the representation of patent, trademark and intellectual property practitioners, law firms, students, in-house counsel, and government employees in ethics matters, bar investigations, and disciplinary proceedings before the USPTO’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline and the state bars in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Michael also serves as an expert witness in disciplinary proceedings and legal malpractice actions.
Michael is the current Vice Chair of the ABA IP Section’s Professional Issues Division. He is the past Chair (for three years) and current Vice Chair (for three years) of the ABA’s Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, and he is the Chair of the AIPLA Patent Agent Subcommittee on Ethics. He is a member of the faculty of the Virginia State Bar’s Professionalism Course for new attorneys. In 2014, Michael created IPethics & INsights, an award-winning law blog focusing on ethics, malpractice and related issues in patent and trademark law (www.ipethicslaw.com).
Michael earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. Before attending law school, Michael’s professional career began as an engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Michael graduated magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Adam Smoot is a Shareholder at the Intellectual Property firm Maschoff Brennan. His practice focuses primarily on post-grant proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, patent prosecution and counseling, and complex intellectual property litigation. Specific technology areas of emphasis include medical devices, chemical arts, software, hardware, optical systems, oil and gas systems, cellular telephone technology and standards, and geosciences.
Adam has handled numerous inter partes review proceedings, as well as inter partes reexamination proceedings. He also has experience with other post-grant proceedings before the USPTO. Adam has represented both Petitioners and Patent Owners before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Adam is also involved in the local Utah IP and legal communities, where he currently serves as the Chair of the Silicon Slopes Legal Chapter. In addition, he has previously held many positions at the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Utah State Bar, including serving as Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary.
Mat Gordon is Assistant General Counsel at Myriad Genetics, Inc. where he manages a global IP portfolio directed to life-altering molecular diagnostic products. As a strategic partner to his clients, Mat gives actionable advice on matters relating to the procurement, monetization, assertion, defense and disposition of IP assets.
Tim Schade is General Counsel for Lifetime Products, a privately-held, US based manufacturer of consumer goods that employs over 1,800 people in the United States and over 2,000 people worldwide. Founded in 1986, Lifetime Products is a leader of innovation in the market for consumer products including basketball systems, tables and chairs, outdoor sheds, lawn and garden products, kayaks, outdoor play systems, coolers and grills. Tim focuses on protecting Lifetime’s innovation by seeking extensive patent protection and by monitoring the markets in numerous countries for infringing products to protect Lifetime’s intellectual property rights throughout the world. Tim also addresses and coordinates the defense of product liability and other consumer claims against Lifetime and takes care of a number of other novel and scintillating legal issues that arise on a daily basis.
Before joining Lifetime in 2007, Tim worked in the commercial litigation area at Snell & Wilmer in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to that, he practiced in Chicago, Illinois for 2 years in the business litigation section at Locke Lord (formerly Lord Bissell & Brook).
Tim received his BA in Economics from Weber State University in 1996 and his JD from the J. Ruben Clark law school at Brigham Young University in 1999.
As the Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), since January 2016, Mollybeth (Molly) Kocialski 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 Rocky Mountain regional office. Focusing on the nine states within this region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Kocialski ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.
Tiffany Johnson is an IP Attorney at Boston Scientific Corporation (BSC) and supports the company’s Neuromodulation Division located in Southern California. Prior to joining BSC, Tiffany was a Patent Attorney at The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. in New York and worked in private practice where her practice focused on patents, trade secrets, and intellectual property counseling.
Tiffany also worked as a Patent Examiner at the USPTO, and prior to attending law school, Tiffany worked as a Mechanical Engineer for an engineering consulting company. Tiffany received her Law degree from Texas Southern University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M.
As the 2022-2023 Secretary and Chief Collaboration Officer of the Foundation for the Advancement of Diversity in IP Law (FADIPL), Tiffany is passionate about achieving diversity in IP law. She is also a member of Boston Scientific’s Inclusive Innovation Committee and a mentor in Harrity & Harrity’s Patent Pathways Program, which is dedicated to increasing registered African-American/Black women patent attorneys and agents.
Eldora L. Ellison, Ph.D., is a director in Sterne Kessler’s Biotechnology & Chemical and Trial & Appellate Practice Groups. Eldora is a co-chair of the firm’s Patent Office Litigation Practice. Over the course of her 28-year career, Eldora has gained extensive experience in inter partes patent matters, building on a strong foundation in patent prosecution. Eldora’s practice also includes preparing and prosecuting patent applications; evaluating patent portfolios (e.g., for due diligence analyses, invalidity, non-infringement, or freedom-to-operate); counseling clients on intellectual property strategy, including Hatch-Waxman issues; and resolving inventorship disputes. She represents a variety of types of clients, including large multinational corporations, start-up companies, and not-for-profit organizations.
Eldora earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology from Cornell University, where she serves on the Board of Trustees. Eldora holds a B.S. in biology from Haverford College.
Brian Casper, partner at Klemchuk PLLC , is an experienced business attorney and litigator who focuses on intellectual property and commercial litigation. Brian counsels businesses on all aspects of their general business and IP transactions and has secured trademark protection for his clients all over the world. He has also litigated patent disputes in cases involving internet broadcast technology, design patents, shale shakers in the oil drilling industry, and the technology behind medical drug testing. Brian also advises clients on other matters such as drafting Master Service Agreements, licensing and non-disclosure agreements, IP acquisition, due diligence, corporate governance, and general business matters.
Brian earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School and holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music. In addition to attending Vanderbilt University Law School, Brian attended the Intellectual Property Summer Institute and Franklin Pierce Law Center, where he had the privilege of learning from the Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, and from John M. Whealan, former Deputy General Counsel for IP Law and Solicitor at USPTO.
Richard Chang is the Associate General Counsel at iFIT Inc. Richard has extensive legal experience developing and implementing trademark and patent portfolio strategies in the U.S., China, Taiwan, and Europe. In addition, Richard developed and implemented iFIT’s regulatory compliance programs for marketing, FCPA, and U.S. sanctions, and assists with iFIT’s privacy program. Richard has also drafted and negotiated a wide variety of intellectual property, supplier, retailer, non-disclosure, SAAS, and other transaction agreements and helped develop and establish iFIT’s privacy compliance program. Before iFIT, Richard was corporate counsel at Caterpillar Inc. At Caterpillar, Richard managed the track-type tractor, machine implements, electronics, software, plastics, and business method patent portfolios. Richard began his career as a patent agent at Madson & Metcalf, a Salt Lake City boutique IP firm. Richard graduated from BYU with a J.D., a B.S. in mechanical engineering, and a minor in Mandarin.