Edward DuMont Nominated to Federal Circuit

Yesterday, the White House announced that President Obama has nominated Edward DuMont to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Federal Circuit when Chief Judge Michel retires at the end of May.

DuMont is a partner at WilmerHale where he is a Supreme Court and appellate litigator.  He has argued 18 cases before the Supreme Court.  His practice includes appeals in a diverse array of subject areas including patent, trademark, antitrust, and constitutional issues.  Prior to joining WilmerHale in 2002, DuMont worked in the Justice Department as an Assistant to the Solicitor General and as Associate Deputy Attorney General where he handled cases on computer crime, e-commerce, and privacy.  After graduating from Stanford Law School, DuMont clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the Seventh Circuit.

While DuMont does not appear to have an extensive background in patents and patent law (as many patent practitioners were hoping), Patently-O reports that his recent patent appeals include Tivo v. Echostar, Princo v. ITC (pending en banc rehearing), Airgo IP v. ArvinMeritor, Agfa Corp. v. Creo Prods., Purdue v. Endo, US Philips v. ITC.  He does appear to have a distinguished civil litigation career, especially at the appellate level.

Judge O’Malley’s nomination is still pending in the Senate as well.  No date has yet been set for her confirmation hearing.  Her nomination has garnered fairly wide-spread support.  It will be interesting to see whether the bar is similarly enthusiastic about Mr. DuMont’s nomination.

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10 Responses to “Edward DuMont Nominated to Federal Circuit”

  1. Federal Circuit Nomination Update « INVENTIVE STEP Says:

    [...] on March 10 to replace Judge Alvin Schall who took senior status October 5, 2009.  Meanwhile, Edward DuMont was nominated on April 14 and has yet to have his hearing date scheduled.  He was nominated to [...]

  2. Senate Gridlocked on Judicial Nominations « INVENTIVE STEP Says:

    [...] a lame duck Senate session?  The other 2 vacancies are only about 4 and 5 months, respectively.  Edward DuMont was nominated in April.  He still hasn’t even gotten a hearing before the Judiciary [...]

  3. Judge O’Malley to be Confirmed to Federal Circuit « INVENTIVE STEP Says:

    [...] She will bring the court’s active membership to 10 with two other nominations pending.  Edward DuMont was nominated by President Obama in April and Jimmie Reyna in September.  Neither has received a [...]

  4. Judge Kathleen O'Malley Finally Confirmed by Senate for CAFC | IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law Says:

    [...] Edward DuMont Nominated to Federal Circuit [...]

  5. DuMont and Reyna Renominated to Federal Circuit « INVENTIVE STEP Says:

    [...] of 42 of those 43 who were not confirmed in the 111th Congress.  This includes the nominations of Edward DuMont and Jimmie Reyna to the Federal Circuit.  DuMont was originally nominated in April 2010 and Reyna [...]

  6. Jimmie Reyna to Finally Get Confirmation Hearing « INVENTIVE STEP Says:

    [...] Circuit nominations pending?  Whither Edward DuMont?  He was nominated long before Reyna on April 14 and has yet to receive a hearing.  Is something going on here or is the Senate merely playing [...]

  7. Jimmie Reyna Confirmed to Federal Circuit « INVENTIVE STEP Says:

    [...] Edward DuMont was nominated April 14, 2010 to the other vacant seat.  As of next week, his nomination will have been pending for a year.  He [...]

  8. Judiciary Committee Approves Judge Wallach « INVENTIVE STEP Says:

    [...] Federal Circuit is currently short by two active judges.  Edward DuMont was nominated by President Obama to fill Judge Paul Michel’s seat, but DuMont’s nomination appears to [...]

  9. Evan Wallach Unanimously Confirmed to Federal Circuit « INVENTIVE STEP Says:

    [...] Edward Dumont’s nomination continues to languish in the Judiciary Committee where it has been for 19 months.  No hearing for [...]

  10. Raymond Chen and Todd Hughes Nominated to Federal Circuit « INVENTIVE STEP Says:

    [...] the first openly gay Federal appeals court judge.  Obama previously nominated openly gay attorney Edward DuMont to the court, but he withdrew his nomination which was stalled before the Senate Judiciary [...]

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