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Hon. Michael Tierney

Vice Chief Judge

Patent Trial and Appeal Board, USPTO

Judge Michael Tierney was appointed to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in July 2000. Judge Tierney has served in multiple different capacities while on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and currently serves as Vice Chief Judge.

As part of the Office’s AIA implementation, Judge Tierney led the Board’s comprehensive effort on the trial rulemakings. Judge Tierney worked closely with USPTO executive officials, trial judges, the patent community and other members of the public to develop the trial rules. Judge Tierney has given numerous presentations that educate the patent community on the statutory provisions, proposed rules, and final rules for the AIA administrative trials.

Judge Tierney received both a J.D. and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington. He is a member of the Washington State and the District of Columbia bars.

Prior to joining the Board, Judge Tierney was a senior patent associate in private practice, and he has also worked as a patent examiner in the chemical arts.

Past Events with Hon. Michael Tierney

PTAB Masters™ 2024

Held January 29-30, 2024

IPWatchdog LIVE 2023

September 17-19, 2023

Patent Litigation Masters™ 2023

Held May 15-17, 2023