The Federal Circuit will very soon return to its full-strength of 12 circuit court judges. The Senate has confirmed Kara Stoll’s nomination as the next Circuit Judge for the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit with a 95-0 vote. Ms. Stoll will likely be sworn-in within the next few days. Congratulations!
Stoll has a serious patent-law resume, holding a BSEE from Michigan State and a JD from Georgetown earned while working as a patent examiner. After law school she clerked at the Federal Circuit and then joined the Finnegan Henderson firm where she has worked since 1998. Of late, her practice has primarily focused on patent litigation.
Counting Ms. Stoll, the Court boasts seven Judges appointed by President Obama (a majority). It will be interesting to watch Stoll’s jurisprudence develop. Her background has many parallels to Judge Chen, although her PTO experience was at the very beginning of her career while he joined the PTO as a fairly senior leader.