Chatting With Ex-Fed. Circ. Chief About Patent System 'Mess'

Law360, New York (April 28, 2017, 1:35 PM EDT) -- After reaching the pinnacle of their profession, federal judges — especially appellate ones — tend to stay in their uniquely prestigious and powerful roles until they are no longer able to do anything else. The ones who do step down often pursue lucrative opportunities in the private sector.

Former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul Michel, who retired in 2010, didn’t follow either one of these paths. Instead, he embarked on helping solve what he thought was one of America’s most pressing problems: America’s deteriorating patent system. “I saw a need for somebody to be able to speak out about the [patent]...

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