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April 15, 2014
Judge RaderCHIEF JUDGE RANDALL R. RADER of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit was the keynote speaker at the Business Law Section’s “IP Symposium,” in Tampa. Judge Rader addressed the current attacks on the U.S. patent system in the courts, media, and public opinion — both in the U.S. and abroad. Rader emphasized the responsibility that the patent bar and its stakeholders have in ensuring that the many advantages and benefits of a strong patent system are properly communicated to the public and the courts. Judge Rader also said changes must occur in patent litigation to streamline the process and reduce costs or the changes, many of them heavy-handed, will be imposed on the bar by the courts or Congress.

[Revised: 07-30-2014]