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Former chief judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to visit Drake

February 3, 2016

Randall R. Rader, former chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, will be a Distinguished Visitor at Drake University Law School on Feb. 22-23.

During his visit, Rader will lecture in intellectual property classes and speak to the Drake Intellectual Property Law Society.

In addition, Rader will present a lecture titled “Standards, Patents, and Proper Valuation of Technology: An Innovation Standard that Honors Standards” on Feb. 23, 3 p.m., at Cartwright Hall, Room 213.

The lecture, which is sponsored by the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center, is free and open to the public.

A reception following the lecture will be held in the Faculty/Staff Lounge in Cartwright Hall. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Rader was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President George H. W. Bush in 1990 and assumed the duties of chief judge on June 1, 2010.

Prior to the appointment, Rader served as counsel in the House of Representatives for the Interior, Appropriations, and Ways and Means committees. He also served as minority and majority chief counsel to subcommittees of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. In 1988, he was appointed to the United States Claims Court (now the United States Court of Federal Claims) by President Ronald W. Reagan.

Rader stepped down as chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on May 30, 2014, and retired from the bench on June 30, 2014.

In addition to his government positions, Rader has taught courses on patent law and advanced intellectual property at The George Washington University Law School, University of Virginia School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, and other universities in Tokyo, Taipei, New Delhi, and Beijing.

He is also co-author of several texts, including the widely used casebook Cases and Materials on Patent Law (Thomson/West).

Rader has led dozens of government and educational delegations around the world and has received numerous awards, including the Sedona Lifetime Achievement Award for Intellectual Property Law (2009), the J. William Fulbright Award for Distinguished Public Service (2000), and the Younger Federal Lawyer Award from the Federal Bar Association (1983).

He received a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University in 1974 and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in 1978.

About the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center:
Drake’s Intellectual Property Law Center was launched in fall 2007 to promote global, interdisciplinary understanding of intellectual property law and policy. The Center was established with the generous support of a $1.5 million gift from Wayne, LW’72, and Donna Kern, which endowed the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law, and a $750,000 leadership commitment from DuPont Pioneer. For the past seven years, U.S. News and World Report has ranked the Center among the top 25 intellectual property law programs in the United States.

For more information about the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center, visit www.law.drake.edu/clinicsCenters/ip.