President Obama Nominates Kara Stoll for Federal Circuit

By Gene Quinn
November 12, 2014

Earlier today President Obama nominated Kara Farnandez Stoll to serve on the United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Obama simultaneously appointed Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo of the United States District Judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

“These individuals have displayed exceptional dedication to the legal profession through their work, and I am honored to nominate them to serve the American people as judges on the United States Courts of Appeals,” President Obama said. “They will be diligent, judicious and esteemed additions to the bench.”

Kara Farnandez Stoll is presently a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett and Dunner, LLP in Washington, D.C. She has extensive experience in patent litigation, and has represented clients at both the district court and appellate levels. Stoll has served as lead counsel on a number of cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Stoll received her B.S. in electrical engineering in 1991 from Michigan State University and her J.D. in 1997 from Georgetown University Law School. After graduating from college, Stoll worked as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office from 1991 to 1997. From 1997 to 1998, Stoll clerked for Judge Alvin Schall of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In 1998, she joined Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett and Dunner, LLP, where her practice focuses on patent litigation, primarily in the consumer electronics, computers, software, and medical devices industries.

Stoll has served as an adjunct professor at George Mason University Law School since 2008 and previously served as an adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law from 2004 to 2008. Stoll currently serves as Co-Chair of the Rules Committee of the Federal Circuit Bar Association, and she previously served as Vice Chair of the Rules Committee from 2012 to 2013.

Stoll is the sister-in-law of Robert Stoll, a partner at Drinker Biddle and former Commissioner for Patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

 

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that Judge Restrepo was appointed to serve on the Federal Circuit. He has been appointed to serve on the Third Circuit.

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Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and Editor and President & CEO ofIPWatchdog, Inc.. Gene founded IPWatchdog.com in 1999. Gene is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course and Of Counsel to the law firm of Berenato & White, LLC. Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world, primarily dealing with software and computer related innovations. is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. CLICK HERE to send Gene a message.

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There are currently 7 Comments comments.

  1. Mark Lemley November 12, 2014 8:56 pm

    I thought there was only one vacancy?

  2. patent leather November 12, 2014 9:16 pm

    Gene, typo, Restrepo was nominated for the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, not Federal.

    Anyone have any intel on Stoll and her position on 101?

  3. Simon Elliott November 12, 2014 9:33 pm

    Good to see a person with private practice experience in patent law

  4. Mark Lemley November 12, 2014 9:36 pm

    No knowledge on 101 but she has mostly represented patent owners, including some trolls, in her Federal Circuit appearances. Represented i4i in the Microsoft case and Akamai in the Limelight case.

  5. Steven Horowitz November 13, 2014 7:19 am

    Her law degree seemed to have occurred while she was a patent examiner according to the dates you provided. Is there such a program at the PTO?

  6. Gene Quinn November 13, 2014 10:23 am

    Mark and PL-

    My apologies. Judge Restrepo was appointed to the Third Circuit, not the Federal Circuit. Kara Stoll is the only nominee for the Federal Circuit.

    Steven-

    It is not at all uncommon for patent examiners to be enrolled in an evening law school program. For example see:

    http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2014/08/14/uspto-retention-efforts-tuition-reimbursement-returns-but-no-loan-repyament/id=50774/

    -Gene

    In terms of

  7. EG November 13, 2014 11:04 am

    Gene,

    Having Obama nominate someone for the Federal Circuit who is patent savvy and with a background in software is a pleasant surprise. Sue beats Wallach, Reyna, Taranto and Hughes who are utter “duds” in my view.