Dialogue Between the Bench and Bar


At the 6th Annual Patent Law Institute a few months ago, attendees bore witness to a panel discussion unlike any other. The panel, entitled, “Dialogue Between the Bench and Bar,” featured a lively discussion between Seth Waxman, former Solicitor General of the United States and currently Partner at Wilmer Hale, and Chief Judge Randall Rader of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. At issue was the mixing of the law and politics, and whether the act of  parties lobbying the White House in order to obtain a favorable amici brief from the Department of Justice was a dangerous ethical quandary.

The discussion was described as “lively, perhaps even explosive.” See for yourself below:

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The “6th Annual Patent Law Institute” is currently available for viewing on demand. The on demand program includes access to the Institute’s Course Handbook.

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