The Federal Circuit Historical Society publishes an annual journal and quarterly newsletters (both included with membership) as well as books relating to the history of the Court and its home on Lafayette Square (available to members at a discounted rate).
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The Journal of The Federal Circuit Historical Society
The patent jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit provides a rich variety of historical facets—from the purpose of the patent system, the evolution of statutory patent law and its judicial interpretation, and the tribunals which have addressed those matters, to the arc of technology and innovation and its impact on the history of our nation.
Judge Glenn L. Archer, Jr. (1929-2011) was the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Tax Division of the Department of Justice in 1984 when he was nominated by President Reagan to be a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He was the court's Chief Judge from 1994 to 1997. Judge Archer is remembered in a biographical article by former law clerk Timothy R. Holbrook, currently Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law.
The Society celebrates the life and contributions of Judge Giles S. Rich on the tenth anniversary of his passing. One of the nation's most enduring and accomplished jurist, Judge Rich rendered unparalleled service to the development of the U.S. patent law both during his private practice career and in his work on the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals ("CCPA") and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
This volume includes tributes to Herbert Mintz and Ray Givens's lecture on the Coeur d'Alene people's fight for Lake Coeur d'Alene. There is also a history of vaccines, vaccine law, and COVID-19, an examination by Frederic Kellogg of Oliver Wendell Holmes and legal logic, and Professor Carlson's examination of Tesla, Marconi, and the invention of radio.
Helen W. Nies (1925-1996) was appointed by President Carter to the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals in 1980, the first woman ever to sit on that court. In 1990, she became the first female Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Most importantly, she left a legacy of judicial opinions that proved to be significant precedent for the court and the bar.
This volume includes remembrances of the late Judge Daniel Friedman; the early history of the U.S. Patent office told through a biography of William Thornton, the first Commissioner of Patents and architect of the Capitol Building; the Air Traffic Controller’s Strike in 1981 which led to litigation in the Federal Circuit; Judge Leo M. Gordon's personal reflections on the U.S. Court of International Trade; and an 1891 address on the birth of the patent system.
This volume includes articles about Lafayette Square and of the individuals who have contributed to its history, particularly Chief Judge Marvin Jones and Wilson Cowen of the United States Court of Claims, and Benjamin Ogle Tayloe whose house on Madison Place is part of the National Courts Building Complex. Separate articles discuss the Trade Jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit and the Article III Status of the Court.
This volume includes tributes to Donald R. Dunner and a biography of The Honorable Jean Galloway Bissell. There is also a brief history of NORAD and Cheyenne Mountain, an examination by Judge Wallach of the law of war in the 21st century, and a closer look at early patent decisions of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Judge Oscar Hersh Davis (1914-1988) of the U.S. Court of Claims and the Federal Circuit was known for his intellect and love of the law. Former law clerk Lynn Eccleston provides insights into the views and legal style that guided his decisions and opinions, as well as a revealing glimpse into philosophical differences among the judges that shaped the dynamic early life of the Federal Circuit.
In this issue the Society’s body of historical writings is enlarged by providing articles on and by the late Judge Edward S. Smith; the creation of the Federal Circuit and the history of the Merit Systems Protection Board whose decisions the Court reviews. Also included in this issue are articles on the Court’s Lafayette Square environs and historical figures and events which mark this significant location.
The first issue is devoted to the memory of the life, roles, and accomplishments of the first Chief Judge of the Court Howard T. Markey (1920-2006). Professor Sherman Cohn of Georgetown University profiles Chief Judge Markey in a thoughtful biography. Known for his humor and words of substance, Judge Markey's wit and wisdom are captured in articles and remembrances.