Haldane Robert Mayer

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Haldane Mayer
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Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Assumed office
June 30, 2010
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
In office
December 24, 1997 – December 25, 2004
Preceded by Glenn Leroy Archer Jr.
Succeeded by Paul Redmond Michel
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
In office
June 15, 1987 – June 30, 2010
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Marion Tinsley Bennett
Succeeded by Jimmie V. Reyna
Judge of the United States Claims Court
In office
December 10, 1982 – June 19, 1987
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Seat established by 96 Stat. 27
Succeeded by James T. Turner
Personal details
Born Haldane Robert Mayer
(1941-02-21) February 21, 1941 (age 77)
Buffalo, New York
Education United States Military Academy (B.S.)
William & Mary Law School (J.D.)

Haldane Robert Mayer (born February 21, 1941) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Education and military service[edit]

Mayer was born in Buffalo, New York. Mayer was appointed to the United States Military Academy by Representative William E. Miller, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1963. Mayer served in the United States Army from 1963 to 1975. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service, and Army Commendation Medals, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and Ranger Combat Badge for his service during the Vietnam War. He took leave from the Army to attend the William & Mary Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the William and Mary Law Review. He graduated first in his class and received his Juris Doctor in 1971.[1][2] He attended The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School at the University of Virginia.

Later career[edit]

Mayer served as Special Assistant to the Chief Justice of the United States, Warren E. Burger, for three years, and as law clerk to Judge John D. Butzner, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He was in private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the 1970s, and in Washington, D.C., in 1980 and 1981. He was Deputy and Acting Special Counsel at the United States Merit Systems Protection Board from 1981 to 1982.[3] President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the United States Claims Court in 1982, where he served until 1987.

Federal judicial service[edit]

Mayer was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on February 3, 1987, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated by Judge Marion Tinsley Bennett. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 11, 1987, and received commission on June 15, 1987. He served as Chief Judge from 1997 to 2004. Mayer took senior status on June 30, 2010.[1][2] He was an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School and the University of Virginia School of Law.[1][2][4]

Notable decisions[edit]

Mayer wrote a concurring opinion in Intellectual Ventures v. Symantec,[5] that controversially argues that "(1) patents constricting the essential channels of online communication run afoul of the First Amendment; and (2) claims directed to software implemented on a generic computer are categorically not eligible for patent."[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Federal Circuit Biographies". 
  2. ^ a b c William & Mary Biographies.
  3. ^ Haldane Robert Mayer at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  4. ^ United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: A History: 1990–2002 / compiled by members of the Advisory Council to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in celebration of the court's twentieth anniversary. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 2004. 
  5. ^ United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (September 30, 2016). "Intellectual Ventures v. Symantec, case 2015-1769" (PDF). Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  6. ^ Jeff John Roberts (October 3, 2016). "Here's Why Software Patents Are in Peril After the Intellectual Ventures Ruling". Fortune Magazine. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  7. ^ Dennis Crouch (October 2, 2016). "First Amendment Finally Reaches Patent Law". PatentlyO. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Marion Tinsley Bennett
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
1987–2010
Succeeded by
Jimmie V. Reyna
Preceded by
Glenn Leroy Archer Jr.
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
1997–2004
Succeeded by
Paul Redmond Michel