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Author Ryan Flax Joins USPTO

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flax_ryanLast fall, NITA debuted its very first case file on patent law, SwimTime Corp. v. Water-Fun, Inc. We wish to congratulate its author and our friend, Ryan H. Flax, on his recent appointment as Administrative Patent Judge with the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Prior to joining the PTAB, Judge Flax was A2L Consulting’s Managing Director of Litigation Consulting (and also its General Counsel). He joined A2L Consulting after practicing Intellectual Property law as part of the Intellectual Property group at Dickstein Shapiro LLP (now Blank Rome LLP) for thirteen years.

Judge Flax is also an adjunct professor of law, teaching advanced trial advocacy at American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. He earned his BS in biology from Wake Forest University and his JD from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Between his undergraduate studies and law school, Judge Flax was a Laboratory Scientist conducting DNA research at the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

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