Friday 23 May 2014
Chief Judge Rader of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to Resign as Chief Judge
The Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA) and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) have announced that Chief Judge Rader of the CAFC is to resign as Chief Judge effective May 30, 2014. Judge Sharon Prost will be the new Chief Judge. Here is a link to the CAFC announcement. In comments concerning his resignation published by the FCBA, Chief Judge Rader points to several accomplishments by the CAFC during his tenure as Chief Judge: six new judges on the CAFC, conversion to electronic filing and case management, weathering sequestration and budget cuts, enhanced cooperation with the bar, courtroom renovation, and international judicial cooperation. Chief Judge Rader was very involved internationally and indeed, some called him "the World Patent Judge." It will be interesting to see if Judge Prost is similarly involved internationally. We wish Chief Judge Rader well and thank him for his service as Chief Judge.