If you’re going to have an advisory committee for the appellate court that hears all of the nation’s patent law disputes, it’s wise to have a member who hails from the Eastern District of Texas, home to the nation’s busiest patent docket. As of this month, David Folsom, former chief judge of the Eastern District of Texas, is a member of the Advisory Council to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Folsom, who left the bench earlier this year to become a partner in Jackson Walker in Texarkana, will serve a three-year term as a member of the council, which was established to review, study and make recommendations regarding the court’s rules of practice and internal operating procedures.
Folsom did not immediately return a call for comment. But a press release announcing the move quotes him as saying he is “pleased and honored to serve on the council, and I hope that my experience will be a benefit to my fellow board members.”
--- John Council