Joseph J. Ruch, Jr.



Main:     888.703.1110 (Ext. 4)
Direct:  703.223.3300


  • Juris Doctor, George Washington University
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Drexel University

Bar Admissions 

  • District of Columbia 
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Joe Ruch has extensive experience in various aspects of patent law, including patent preparation, prosecution, opinions, licensing, and litigation support.  Joe’s present practice is focused in the areas of patentability analysis, patent application preparation, and prosecution, and client counseling, including analysis on validity, infringement, etc.  Joe’s experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications has focused on the chemical and chemical process arts.

Joe’s specific areas of technical expertise in his patent practice experience includes polymers, pharmaceuticals, pigments and dyes, nanotechnology, metallurgical and materials science, chemical and petrochemical processes, medical/diagnostic devices, imaging technology, etc.  

Joe’s legal experience was obtained in the course of working for two Fortune 500 corporations and two prominent intellectual property law firms in the Washington DC area. 

Before entering private practice, Joe obtained technical experience working in the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Philadelphia laboratories, at ARCO’s Philadelphia petroleum and petrochemical processing complex, and at a Philadelphia area polymer technology research facility.

Legal Expertise

  • General Client Counseling
  • Freedom to Operate Evaluations
  • Patentability Evaluations
  • Application Preparation
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Post-Grant Proceedings
  • Due Diligence Investigations
  • Validity & Infringement Evaluations
  • Licensing
  • Litigation Support

Technical Expertise

  • General Chemistry
  • Polymers
  • Metallurgical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Diagnostics
  • Imaging Technology