On December 1, 2009, the Los Angeles Intellectual Property American Inn of Court was formally renamed The Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court at a dinner ceremony held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Chief Judge Paul R. Michel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit was in attendance to receive this accolade from the President of the Inn, Vern Schooley, a partner at Fulwider Patton LLP. Chief Judge Michel was also presented with the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association's award as the IP Person of the Year at the event.
From the time of his work as Assistant Prosecutor for the Watergate case, and his later appointment to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 1988 and elevation to Chief Judge in December 2004, Judge Michel's name has long been known in the legal community for promoting ethics, civility and professionalism in the practice of law. After receiving these latest honors from the Los Angeles IP community, Judge Michel shared some of his thoughts on current issues confronting the profession and the Federal Circuit.
Federal Circuit Judge Richard Linn was also in attendance. In his remarks, Judge Linn traced the history of the American Inns of Court, and noted Chief Judge Michel's support of the Linn Inn Alliance promoting the founding of IP Inns across the country. Judges Michel and Linn then made a joint presentation of the new charter for the Inn to Mr. Schooley.
Afterwards, Judge Michel joined Judge Linn, Judge S. James Otero, and Judge Stephen Larson in a fast-moving panel discussion moderated by Robert Krupka, Esq., which focused on the remedies in intellectual property cases. Noting that the parties, not the courts, are best placed to value the technology in their businesses, the panel suggested that litigants should strive to give courts a complete picture as to the value of invention in the marketplace.
Fulwider Patton congratulates Vern Schooley for his efforts in founding and leading The Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court.