Top US patent judge resigns following “ethical breach”

Posted by JaseP on Jun 17, 2014 3:27 AM EDT
Ars Technica; By Joe Mullin
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An e-mail highlighting praise for an attorney's argument led to resignation.

US Circuit Judge Randall Rader, who was just weeks ago the top patent judge in the nation, has announced he will step down, following an admission that he made an ethical "lapse" when he sent an e-mail praising an attorney who appears frequently before his court.


On the thorniest issues of patent law, Rader often came down on the side of having an expansive view of the power of patents. In the fractured Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank case now being reconsidered by the Supreme Court, Rader wrote a full-throated defense of software patents.


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