Hon. Cathy Bissoon
Judge Bissoon was sworn in as a U.S. district court judge in October 2011, after having served as a U.S. magistrate judge in the Western District of Pennsylvania starting in August 2008. With her appointment, Judge Bissoon became the first Hispanic female Article III judge in Pennsylvania, the first Asian American Article III judge in Pennsylvania, and the first South Asian American female Article III judge in the United States. Prior to her appointment, Judge Bissoon clerked for the Honorable Gary L. Lancaster of the Western District of Pennsylvania. She was also a partner at Reed Smith and then a director at Cohen & Grigsby. Judge Bissoon is a founding member of the Q. Todd Dickinson Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, and was elected as its first president in 2012. Judge Bissoon graduated summa cum laude from Alfred University in 1990 and received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1993. She is one of her Court’s designated patent judges and chairs the Court’s patent committee and Local Patent Rules Advisory Committee. Judge Bissoon serves as a Judicial Advisor for The Sedona Conference’s Working Group 9 on Patent Damages and Remedies (WG9) and ,Working Group 10 on Patent Litigation Best Practices (WG10) Steering Committee and The Sedona Conference Diversity Committee.