Judge Phil Kauffman is a graduate of The Ohio State University School of Law, and holds a Master’s degree in Military Art and Science, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (aerospace structures) from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Judge Kauffman began his service in the Air Force as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer, and then became a Logistics Analyst, after which he attended law school and served for 15 years as a Judge Advocate. After retiring from the Air Force, he came to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2006, starting as a Patent Examiner and then working in the Office of General Law as a Patent Attorney. Following this, Judge Kauffman served as a Patent Attorney for the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, after which he became a Judge.
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