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57 J. Pat. Off. Soc'y 675 (1975)
Special Problems in Patent Cases

handle is hein.journals/jpatos57 and id is 703 raw text is: Journal of the Patent Office Society
Howard T. Markey     I   SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN
I suppose every speaker begins by talking about how
glad he is to be here, what a great privilege it is, how
honored he is, and all that sort of thing. I daresay I am
no exception. I may have at least one good reason, how-
ever, for really meaning it when I say I am glad to be
here. As Judge Campbell was kind enough to mention,
I happen to have been one of the early group of jet plane
pilots in World War II and as near as anyone can find
out, there are few of that early group of seven still alive.
So I'm glad to be anywhere I But we both have a job
to do in the next 20 minutes or so. I have the job of giv-
ing a little talk, and you've got the job of listening-and
if you finish before I do, just sit back and close your eyes.
I'll wake you in time for the question period.
I've a nerve getting up here after only twenty-seven
months on the bench myself. The only excuse, I suppose,
is that I may be able to tell you where some skeletons
are buried in the fields of patent law and patent litigation
because, in twenty-three years of practice, I helped bury
a few. You will find, too, that I am one of those Irishmen
who may not always be right, but who is never uncertain I
Seriously, I hope you will be as patient with me as you
are with the members of the bar who appear before you,
at least during my talk. On the other hand, I hope you
will be just as rough as you can in the question period.
I don't worry about that very much because if I can't
answer, and if there is an answer, I'm sure I can get it,
and the efficient Judicial Center people can get copies
off to you afterwards. So please don't hesitate to come
up with questions.
( 1975 West Publishing Co. Reprinted with permission of :West
Publishing Co. from 66 F.R.D. 529.            ::   .
* Chief Judge, United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals.
** Presented before the Judges Seminar conducted by the Federal
Judicial Center, October 16, 1974.


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