Pauline Newman

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Pauline Newman
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Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Assumed office
February 28, 1984
Nominated by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Philip Nichols
Personal details
Born (1927-06-20) June 20, 1927 (age 89)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Education Vassar College (BA)
Columbia University (BA)
Yale University (PhD)
New York University (LLB)

Pauline Newman (born June 20, 1927) is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Born in New York, New York to Maxwell H. and Rosella G. Newman, Newman received a B.A. from Vassar College in 1947, an M.A. from Columbia University in 1948, a Ph.D. in chemistry from Yale University in 1952 and an LL.B. from New York University School of Law in 1958.[1] She worked as a research scientist for American Cyanamid from 1951 to 1954. From 1954 to 1984, Newman worked for FMC Corp., for fifteen years (1954–1969) as a patent attorney and in-house counsel, and for another fifteen years (1969–1984) as director of the Patent, Trademark and Licensing Department.[1]

From 1961 to 1962 Newman also worked for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a science policy specialist in the Department of Natural Resources.[1] She served on the State Department Advisory Committee on International Intellectual Property from 1974 to 1984 and on the advisory committee to the Domestic Policy Review of Industrial Innovation from 1978 to 1979.[1] From 1982 to 1984, she was Special Adviser to the United States Delegation to the Diplomatic Conference on the Revision of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. Over her career, Newman has received honors including the Wilbur Cross Medal of Yale University Graduate School, and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Cooperation from the Pacific Industrial Property Association.[1]

Newman was nominated to the Federal Circuit by President Ronald Reagan on January 30, 1984, to a seat vacated by the decision of Philip Nichols, Jr. to take senior status. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 27, 1984, and received her commission the following day. Newman thus became the first judge appointed directly to the Federal Circuit, all of her predecessors having come to the court through the merger of the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals and the appellate division of the United States Court of Federal Claims. She has also been an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law.[1]


Newman has authored a number of important opinions setting forth the law of patents in the United States. In Arrhythmia Research Technology, Inc. v. Corazonix Corp.,[2] she wrote an opinion for the panel finding that the use of an algorithm as a step in a process did not render the process unpatentable. In In re Recreative Technologies Corp.,[3] she wrote the opinion finding that the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences exceeded its authority when it considered a claim of obviousness in the reexamination of a patent previously held by the examiner not to be obvious with respect to the references cited. In Intergraph Corporation v. Intel Corporation[4] she highlighted the right of a patent owner to refuse to license, even to a party that has become completely dependent on the patent. In Jazz Photo Corp. v. United States International Trade Commission,[5] she clarified the law of repair and reconstruction (permitting the owner of a patented item to fix the item when it breaks, but not to essentially build a new item from the parts of an old one), writing that it was not a patent infringement for one party to restore another party's patented "one-use" camera to be used a second time.



  1. ^ a b c d e f Joint Committee on Printing, Official Congressional Directory, 2011-2012: 112th Congress (2012), p. 855.
  2. ^ 958 F.2d 1053 (Fed. Cir. 1992).
  3. ^ 83 F.3d 1394 (Fed. Cir. 1996).
  4. ^ 195 F.3d 1346 (Fed. Cir. 1999).
  5. ^ 264 F. 3d 1094 (Fed. Cir. 2001).

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Preceded by
Philip Nichols
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit