Current Issues in IP Law, April 13

The George Mason Intellectual Property Law Society is pleased to invite our students, faculty, and alumni to "Current Issues in Intellectual Property Law," a presentation by Judge Randall Rader, Circuit Judge on the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit, on Wednesday, April 13, 2005. This is a rare opportunity for the George Mason IP community to gain insight from the other side of the Federal Circuit bench.

The presentation will begin at 5:00 pm in Room 225 of the law school and will be followed by a reception in the Dean's Suite.

Judge Randall Rader was appointed to the Federal Circuit by President George H.W. Bush in 1990.  Previously, he was a Judge in the United States Claims Court from 1998-1990.  Judge Rader has held several important legislative positions, including service on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, as Chief Counsel and Counsel to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R. Utah)  [1981-86] as well as on the U.S. Senate, Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks as Chief Counsel/Staff Director and Counsel to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R. Utah) [1987].

Some of his most important decisions from the Federal Circuit include: 

  • Atari Games Corp. v. Nintendo of America, Inc., 975 F.2d 832 (Fed. Cir. 1992)
  • Stark v. Advanced Magnetics, Inc., 119 F.3d 1551 (Fed. Cir. 1997)
  • Mead Corp. v. United States, 185 F.3d 1304 (1999)