Jacqueline Bonilla

Honorable Jacqueline Wright Bonilla

Deputy Chief Administrative Patent Judge
USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Jacqueline Wright Bonilla currently serves as the Deputy Chief Judge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Since her appointment as an Administrative Patent Judge in January 2012, she has conducted numerous post-grant patent trials under the America Invents Act, heard appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings, and rendered decisions in interferences. At the Board, she served as an Administrative Patent Judge, Lead Judge, and Vice Chief Judge prior to becoming the Deputy Chief Judge. Previously, she worked for twelve years in private practice, including as a partner at Foley & Lardner, LLP. She also served as a judicial law clerk to the now-retired Chief Judge Randall Rader at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Deputy Chief Judge Bonilla graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, and holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.