Archive for the ‘People’ Category

Senate Confirms Finnegan Partner Kara Stoll to Federal Circuit

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Kara Stoll

Without a single “nay” vote, and with at least some noting that she will be the first woman of color to join the Fed. Cir., the Senate has confirmed Kara Fernandez Stoll, a litigation partner at Finnegan, to fill the seat vacated by Judge Rader’s resignation at the end of June. Soon-to-be Judge Stoll holds an BSEE degree from Michigan State and worked as an Examiner in computer/electronics art units before joining Finnegan.

As an EE, Stoll must have taken some chemistry, and she lists medical devices as an area of expertise on her resume. She also represented WARF in the Consumer Watchdog appeal, which, although the focus of the appeal was standing, involved a challenge to stem cell patents. The Fed. Cir. has been in need of more Judges with technical backgrounds. Judge Lourie was a chemist and Judge Moore holds an EE degree, but that’s about it. Congratulations to Ms. Stoll and to President Obama, who has appointed a number of Fed. Cir. judges with excellent qualifications.

IP LAW 360 – Senate Confirms Finnegan Atty To Fed. Circ. Seat



Q. Todd Dickinson Resigns as Executive Director of AIPLA

Monday, July 14th, 2014

After six years as AIPLA Executive Director, Q. Todd Dickinson has announced that he will step down. While he was an effective leader at AIPLA, Todd (the “Q” doesn’t stand for anything) made his mark as the first effective Director of the USPTO in some time, and many thought he would be a good choice to lead the Office a second time when Obama took office.

Former SLW Officer Named USPTO Regional Director

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Russell Slifer, a former officer at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, has been named as the USPTO Regional Director for its Denver office.

Michelle Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO, wrote on her blog “Director’s Forum”:

The other big news is that we have hired a Regional Director for the Denver office—Russell Slifer, who has practiced intellectual property law for the last 20 years. For the past eight years, Russ served as the Chief Patent Counsel for Micron Technology in Boise, Idaho. He also was a design engineer for Honeywell and spent more than nine years in private practice in Minnesota helping high technology clients, including individual inventors, universities, and Fortune 100 companies, build patent portfolios to protect their innovations. Russ is active an active member in the legal and innovation communities. These experiences make Russ an ideal person to serve as the inaugural leader of our new satellite office for the Rocky Mountain region, and I look forward to him transitioning in as part of our senior leadership team.

Schwegman offers its congratulations to Russ.

Gone Judge – Judge Randall Rader To Resign

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Before stepping down as Chief Judge of the Fed. Cir. on May 30th, Judge Rader had sent a letter to his colleagues on the court apologizing for sending an email to an attorney who had appeared before the court a number of times, praising his work and encouraging him to circulate the email to his associates. (A copy of the letter is available at the end of this post.) The letter was dated May 23, 2014, and was clear about the error of his ways:

“I realize in retrospect that the email constituted a breach of the ethical obligation not to lend the prestige of the judicial office to advance the private interests of others. I apologize for that error, which may have led to the perception that the attorney in question was in a position to influence me in my performance of judicial duties….Working with the court, I have taken steps to remedy the breaches for which I was responsible by recusing in cases as to which a question might be raised as to my impartiality. I am committed to adhering carefully to the requirements of the Code of Conduct for United States judges in making any necessary recusal decisions. I am truly sorry for the lapse and will work diligently to ensure that it does not recur….”