Hon. Paul R. Michel (ret.)

Chief U.S. Appellate Judge, Va. Ct. App. Fed. Cir., Alexandria, VA

Judge Michel served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for 22 years, starting in March 1988. From December 2004 until his retirement in May 2010, he was the court’s Chief Judge and a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the governing body of the Judiciary, and its seven-judge Executive Committee. Judge Michel is the recipient of the Jefferson Medal, the Frederico Award, the Katz-Kiley Prize, the Eli Whitney Prize, The Sedona Conference Lifetime Achievement Award, and awards by the ABA Section on Intellectual Property, the AIPLA, the IPO Association, the Linn Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, and other leading organizations. He was named one of the 50 most influential leaders in intellectual property in the world by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine and inducted into Intellectual Asset Management Magazine’s International Hall of Fame. Since stepping down from the court, he has conducted mediations, arbitrations, mock trials, moot courts, and case evaluations in IP cases as a solo consultant. A frequent speaker on IP subjects, he has also testified before Congress on patent reform legislation. Judge Michel is currently serving 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 Steering Committee (WG10), and is a Chair Emeritus of WG10.