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Bruce H. Stoner

Bruce H. Stoner

Greenblum & Berstein PLC

Reston, VA, USA

BRUCE H. STONER, JR. is a former Chief Administrative Patent Judge of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the tribunal recently renamed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.  Appointed to the Board in 1986, Judge Stoner became Chief Judge in 1995 and served in that capacity until his retirement from Federal service on October 31, 2003.  Judge Stoner joined Greenblum & Bernstein P.L.C. in November 2003, following his 33-year Federal career. G&B specializes in intellectual property law, particularly concentrating in patents, trademarks and copyrights.  Judge Stoner serves as Chairman of G&B’s Post-Grant Patent Proceedings Practice Group.  He also serves as an expert witness and consultant on patent office practice and procedure.  Along with three other former Board judges, he is a co-author of the recently published Bloomberg BNA treatise Post-Grant Patent Practice.

During his tenure at the Board, Judge Stoner presided over the creation and successful administration of the Interference Trial Section and was instrumental in achieving significant reductions in the number and duration of ex parte appeals pending before the Board.  Prior to being appointed to the Board, he served as a Primary Examiner and a Supervisory Patent Examiner.  Judge Stoner holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from The Washington College of Law of The American University.  Judge Stoner is a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is admitted to practice before the Courts of Appeals for both the Fourth and the Federal Circuits, and is registered to practice as a patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the American Bar Association (ABA), the Intellectual Property Owner's Association (IPO), and the Federal Circuit Bar Association.  He served as a Vice Chair of IPO's Patent Law, U.S. Committee from 2004 to 2007 and as an Adjunct Professor of Law at William & Mary's Marshall-Wythe School of Law in Williamsburg, Virginia from 2005 to 2013.


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