Hal Wegner is reporting that District Judge Kathleen McDonald O’Malley is being vetted by the Obama Administration to fill Judge Alvin Schall’s seat on the Federal Circuit. Judge Schall took senior status in October. Hal cites to a report in The Reporter, a California legal news source.
Judge O’Malley was appointed to the district court for the Northern District of Ohio by President Clinton in 1994. Prior to that, she had worked in the Ohio Attorney General’s office and as a litigator at several law firms including Jones Day.
Biographical information on Judge O’Malley is available here.
While Judge O’Malley is not a patent attorney, she does have experience in patent litigation.
Judge O’Malley is a frequent lecturer and panelist on topics involving patent litigation, use of technology in the courtroom, multi-district litigation and mass torts. Among many other programs, Judge O’Malley is a regular faculty member at the Intellectual Property Seminar for Federal Judges co-sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center and the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, and at ALI/ABA’s annual “Trial of a Patent Case” program.
Judge O’Malley is a Visiting Distinguished Jurist at Case Law School in Cleveland where she teaches patent litigation. She is also a member of the University of Maryland Law School’s Intellectual Property Advisory Board.