WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 7, 2013) – President Obama on Thursday nominated Raymond T. Chen and Todd M. Hughes to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
“Chen and Hughes have displayed exceptional dedication to public service throughout their careers,” President Obama said. “I am honored to nominate them today to serve the American people on the United States Court of Appeals. I am confident that they will be judicious and esteemed additions to the Federal Circuit.”
Chen currently serves as the Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a position he has held since 2008.
Chen received his B.S. in electrical engineering in 1990 from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his J.D. in 1994 from the New York University School of Law. After graduating from law school, he joined Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, a boutique intellectual property law firm in Irvine, California, where he prosecuted patents and represented clients in intellectual property litigation. From 1996 to 1998, Chen served as a Technical Assistant at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, performing the functions of a staff attorney.
At the end of his two-year term, he joined the USPTO as Associate Solicitor and remained in that role until his promotion to Solicitor in 2008. Since joining the USPTO, Chen has represented the agency in numerous appeals before the Federal Circuit and personally argued over 20 cases, issued guidance to patent examiners to ensure consistency with developing law, advised the agency on legal and policy issues, and helped promulgate regulations. He has co-chaired the Patent and Trademark Office Committee of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and is a member of the Advisory Council for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus commended Obama on Chen’s nomination.
Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair said the President is continuing dedication to the robustness of our federal judiciary through the nomination of highly-qualified and diverse individuals like Raymond Chen.
“If confirmed, Raymond would become the first Asian American to serve on the Federal Circuit in over 25 years,” Chu said. “With a stellar background in the sciences, law, public service and community engagement, Raymond exemplifies the knowledge and talent that the Asian American and Pacific Islander community can bring to our nation’s courts. I now urge the Senate to swiftly confirm his nomination.”
Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17), CAPAC Chair Emeritus, said he applaud the nomination.
“Ray is a proven exemplary public servant – having served the past 15 years in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office – first as an Associate Solicitor and most recently as the Deputy General Counsel in the Office of the Solicitor,” Honda said. “Beyond his professional career, Ray is also a dedicated servant to his community, where he has served the disadvantaged, low-income families, and mentored Asian American and Pacific Islander attorneys and law students. His nomination exemplifies the Obama Administration’s promise of a highly qualified and diversified bench. As Chair Emeritus, I thank President Obama for his leadership with this nomination, as well as his steadfast commitment to diversity that truly reflects America. I now urge the Senate to act swiftly in confirming this nomination to ensure a more diverse representation in all branches of government.”