Richard J. Apley

Patent Agent, Chief Patent Officer

rapley@bplegal.com
Professional Experience

Richard J. Apley is a registered patent agent in the Intellectual Property and Emerging Technologies practice group in the Firm’s Northern Virginia office. In the capacity of Chief Patent Officer, he is responsible for training on patent practice and procedures and supervising patent practitioners and staff. He handles patent prosecution matters, particularly applications participating in the Interview Before First Action program.

Mr. Apley retired from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in
January 2002 after a 36-year career. He became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 1982 and has supervised art units in mechanical and chemical engineering, computer controlled teaching apparatus and simulators, biomedical and surgical devices and methods.

Prior to his retirement, he was appointed Director, and was in charge of
the Office of Independent Inventor Programs. Mr. Apley represented the USPTO in the media, on the Board of Directors of the National Inventor Hall of Fame, and on the Consumer Protection Initiatives Committee, part of the United States Attorney General’s Council on White Collar Crime., Mr. Apley instructed new patent examiners in their initial 3-week training and was responsible for rewriting, designing, and updating the various training manuals used by the examiners and their instructors.

Publications

Business Method and Software Patents - A Practical Guide. Morgan D. Rosenberg and Richard J. Apley, Oxford University Press, USA, 2012

“Exhausted By Patent Exhaustion”, Morgan D. Rosenberg and Richard J. Apley, Intellectual Property Today, Vol. 15, No. 6, 26-28 (2008)

“Zeroing In On Design”, Morgan D. Rosenberg and Richard J. Apley, Intellectual Property Today, Vol. 15, No. 3, 39 (2008)

“One Small Step Towards Patent Harmonization: KSR and the EPO”, Morgan D. Rosenberg and Richard J. Apley, Intellectual Property Today, Vol. 15, No. 1, 34-35 (2008).

Bar Admissions
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) - Registered Patent Agent
Education
  • University of Baltimore, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S., Civil Engineering