Charles (Chico) L. Gholz is a partner in the Litigation Practice Groups. He is particularly skilled at handling patent interferences under 35 USC § 135 before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTABI) and court review of decisions by the PTAB in interferences. He handles both appeals to the Federal Circuit under 35 USC § 141 and civil actions in district courts under 35 USC § 146.
Mr. Gholz represents a wide variety of domestic and foreign clients across a range of technologies including biotech, chemical, electronics, computers, and lasers. He regularly appears before the PTAB, the Federal Circuit, and various district courts. He also counsels on patent validity and patentability; he has appeared as an expert witness on patent issues; and he has acted as an arbitrator.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gholz served as an assistant technical advisor to the Honorable Giles Sutherland Rich of the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals (1970-1972). A former Lecturer in Law at George Mason University School of Law, he has written and lectured widely on patent law. In addition, he co-authored “Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: Practice and Procedure,” LexisNexis, and “Patent Practice,” Patent Resources Institute.