Rossman Memorial Award 2019

Rossman Memorial Award 2019

Joshua Schwartz

The Rossman Committee was privileged to present the 2019 Joseph Rossman Memorial Award to Judge Hung Bui during the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Patent and Trademark Office Society.

The award was established in 1972 by the Society and the family of Dr. Joseph Rossman. Joseph Rossman started his career as a patent examiner and was Editor-in-Chief of The Journal back in the 1930s. He had degrees in chemical engineering and law, as well as a doctorate in psychology. In addition, Dr. Joseph Rossman was an author with a life-long interest in creativity, engineering and law. Dr. Joseph Rossman was the author of many articles in the Journal from the 1930s through the 1960s. Because the Journal was such a big part of Dr. Rossman’s life, his family approached the Society with the idea of establishing the Rossman Award in 1972. The Society enthusiastically embraced the idea and the rest is history. The Rossman Award is given to the author of the article in the Journal that, in the opinion of the judges, makes the greatest contribution to the fields of Patents, Trademarks or Copyrights. Factors that are taken into consideration include originality, timeliness of the subject, depth of research, accuracy, readability, and the potential for impact on the existing system. 

This year’s winning article “A Common Sense Approach to Implement the Supreme Court’s Alice Two-Step Framework to Provide ’Certainty’ and ’Predictability’” written by PTAB Judge Hung Bui, appeared in Volume 100, No. 2 of The Journal on page 165.

Judge Bui serves as an Administrative Patent Judge (APJ) at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) since 2012. As an APJ, he adjudicates ex parte and reexamination appeals, conducts trial proceedings in legacy interferences, and presides over AIA trials challenging patents post grant. Before joining PTAB, he was in private practice for about 20 years as a patent attorney. During his private practice career, he was a partner at Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Krauss LLP, and a name partner at Stein, McEwen & Bui LLP. His practice included developing patent portfolios, drafting opinions regarding validity and infringement, litigation, and licensing.

101 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc’y 1 (2019)

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