Perhaps a bit orthogonal to my usual interests, but yesterday, the US Senate unanimously confirmed the appointment of Professor Kimberly Moore as a judge on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) – the court that hears appeals of patent cases.
The news clip caught my attention as I'd recently read an interesting paper she co-authored with Mark Lemley, Ending Abuse of Patent Continuations back in 2004. Also, the fact that the vote was unanimous. Of course, while a tribute to Professor Moore's qualifications, the vote may also reflect on how little politicians care about patents.
In any event, it's nice to see a Federal appeals judge with advanced engineering degrees, and from MIT no less :-). Response among attorney bloggers I respect has also been positive, e.g. this from Dennis Crouch:
My two-cents — Professor Moore is an excellent nominee. She is extremely intelligent, and has a complete understanding of the legal issues faced by the CAFC. You will find that her decisions will be fair and quick, and, I believe that her vast knowledge of the CAFC and its history will help her to craft opinions that reconcile some of the internal cracks that have surfaced the past few years.