For the past 20 years Mr. Ruland has focused his legal practice on obtaining patent, trademark and copyright protection for individuals and companies before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, U.S. Copyright Office and foreign patent offices. Mr. Ruland has been an invited guest speaker at many intellectual property conferences and has published many articles on intellectual property topics.

Some of Mr. Ruland’s publications include the following:

  • Section 102 of the American Invents Act: Days of Future Past, IP Litigator, Vol. 20, No. 1, January/February 2014, pp. 1-6.
  • A Post-AIA Checklist for Prosecutors, CLE Lecturer for America Invents Act—Prosecution in the New Frontier, Track 2, AIPLA 2013 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., October 24, 2013.
  • 35 U.S.C. §102(e), the “Other†Prior Art, Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, Vol. 17, No. 8, August 2005, pp. 1-7.
  • Spaghetti Western Shootout? Getting a Patent after Receiving a Patent Office Final Action, IP Litigator, Vol. 10, No. 5, September/October 2004, pp. 13-18.
  • What to Know About Intellectual Property, CLE Lecturer For Starting A Small Business Seminar for the Business Law Section of The Arlington County Bar Association, September 30, 2004.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Practice After Final Rejection, CLE Lecturer for Patent Prosecution Procedures and Pitfalls Concurrent Track 3, AIPLA 2003 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., October 31, 2003.
  • Patent Misconceptions, Presented at Northern Virginia Business Synergy Group, June 17, 2003.
  • Identifying the Unglittering Gold: Recognizing Minor Improvements and Obtaining Valuable Patents, Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, Vol. 15, No. 4, April 2003, pp. 4-9.
  • Pursuing Overseas Patents, Modern Drug Discovery Magazine, October 2002, pp. 41-42.
  • Paper Mining Diamonds From Tar Sands presented at Spring 2002 AIChE Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Interviewed for column “Don’t Be Afraid to Innovate†published April 24, 2002, in Investor’s Business Daily based on same paper.
  • The Right To Remain Silent: Warner-Jenkinson Revisited, Intellectual Property Today, Vol. 6, No. 3, March 1999, pp. 22-23.
  • Chapter 2100 Of The Manual Of Patent Examining Procedure — A Means For Persuasion, Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1, Fall 1997, pp. 49-64.

Some of the professional organizations Mr. Ruland is actively involved in include:

  • AIPLA, Chair/Vice-Chair, International Education Committee, 2009 to 2013.
  • AIPLA, Chair/Vice-Chair, Online Programs Committee, 2005 to 2009.

Mr. Ruland has written applications on, handled the prosecution of applications covering, or written legal opinions covering, the following technology areas:

Electronic Device Fabrication
Processes for tensioning and aligning a mask over a substrate for making touch screen panels; processes used in the fabrication of integrated circuits.

Polymers & Petrochemicals
Petrochemical and refining operations; battery stacks; various petrochemicals, various polymers.

Small-molecule pharmaceuticals.

Industrial Chemicals
Carpet pesticides; fire retardants; water treatment & pool regulating compositions; electrode coating compositions; cleanser formulations.

Mechanical & Medical Devices
Mechanical wipers; protective garments; fluid transfer devices; soda fountain dispensers; medical devices.


    Member, Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal (1993-1994)
    Member, Texas Intellectual Property Law Society (1993-1994)
  • KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, Manhattan, KS 1989 
    Graduated with Honors, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
    President, Omega Chi Epsilon (Engineering Fraternity
    Engineering Ambassador, Kansas State College of Engineering (1988 1989)
    Cataloger, Tau Beta Pi (1989)

Bar Admissions:

  • Virginia
  • Georgia
  • Texas
  • US Patent & Trademark Office, Registration No. 37,432

Mr. Ruland is also presently a member of The Law Office Of James E. Ruland, PLC.

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