Meet the Arbitrator

Randall Rader
The Rader Group

Chief Judge U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Retired
Alexandria, VA

Arbitrator.  For over 25 years, Judge Rader has been a thought leader in the field of intellectual property law and jurisprudence. His work as Chief Judge, his publications and his work teaching patent law globally to students, judges and government officials has left an indelible mark on the field of IP law and the protection of IP rights throughout the world.

Experience.  In 1988, Judge Rader was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as a trial judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims. In 1990, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”). During his tenure as a United States Circuit Judge, Judge Rader presided over many patent cases as a District Judge sitting by designation. In this capacity, he adjudicated patent jury trials in, among other locations, the Northern District of Illinois, the Southern District of New York, the Western District of New York, the Eastern District of Texas, and the Northern District of California. In 2010, he assumed the position of Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where he served until his retirement in 2014.

While a Judge and Chief Judge of the CAFC, Judge Rader authored hundreds of precedential opinions on patent law issues. Since leaving the bench in 2014, Judge Rader has founded the Rader Group, focusing on arbitration, mediation, and legal consulting and legal education services. In 2017, Judge Rader. In 2017, Judge Rader selected and served as co-arbitrator in one of the largest arbitrations involving FRAND rate dispute with the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC). In addition, he conducted mediations to settle ongoing litigation; conducted full-credit courses at leading law schools in Beijing, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Santa Clara, Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo, Munich; consulted with major corporations and law firms on IP policy and litigation; and advised foreign governments on international IP standards.  He continues to advocate improvements in innovation policy through speaking engagements worldwide.

Education.  Judge Rader holds B.S., Brigham Young University, 1974, Magna Cum Laude; J.D., George Washington University Law School,.1978, With Honors

Author. Cases and Materials on Patent Law, Adelman, Rader, Thomas (co-authors), 2003, 2009, 2015.; Patent Law in a Nutshell, Adelman, Klacnik, Rader (co-authors), 2007 and 2013. Patent Law in a Nutshell, Rader and Christoff (co-author), 2018.

Recognition.  Judge Rader has received many professional awards, including Licensing Executive Society International (LESI) Gold Medal 2014, Linn Inn Lifetime Award, 2014, IAM IP Hall of Fame in 2011, the Distinguished Teaching Awards from George Washington University Law School, 2003 and 2008 (by election of the students); the Distinguished Service Award from the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, 2003; the J. William Fulbright Award for Distinguished Public Service from George Washington University Law School, 2000; and the Younger Federal Lawyer Award from the Federal Bar Association, 1983.

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