Former US Solicitors General Arguing at the Federal Circuit

I thought it was interesting that September featured opinions in Federal Circuit appeals that had been argued by two former US Solicitors General, Seth Waxman and Paul Clement. In addition, former US Solicitor General Ted Olson just recently filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari on behalf of Microsoft in the I4I v. Microsoft case. That made me curious just how often former US Solicitors General get involved with patent cases, particularly how often they argue at the Federal Circuit.

It turns out the list is pretty slim. From what I could tell, only Seth Waxman, Ken Starr, and Paul Clement have argued cases in the last four years that the Federal Circuit has been recording oral arguments.

Here are links to those oral arguments if you want to take a listen:

Seth P. Waxman

Monsanto v. Scruggs (Fed.Cir. 2006) [Listen] [Read].

Tivo v. Echostar (Fed. Cir. 2008) [Listen Part I] [Listen Part II] [Read].

Depuy v. Medtronic (Fed. Cir. 2009) [Listen] [Read].

Tivo v. Echostar (Fed. Cir. 2010) [Listen] [Read (Now vacated)].

Medtronic v. Brainlab (Fed. Cir. 2010) [Listen] [Read].

Spine Solutions v. Medtronic (Fed. Cir. 2010) [Listen] [Read].


Kenneth W. Starr

Kyocera v. ITC (Fed. Cir. 2008) [Listen Part I] [Listen Part II] [Read].


Paul D. Clement

Romala Stone v. Home Depot (Fed. Cir. 2010) [Listen] [Read]

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