Susan G. Braden

Chief Judge Braden was appointed to the United States Court of Federal Claims on July 14, 2003, by President George W. Bush, after being confirmed by unanimous consent of the United States Senate. She was sworn into office by Senator Jeff Sessions. On March 13, 2017, President Donald J. Trump appointed Judge Braden as Chief Judge.

On March 2, 2018, the Howard University Law School presented Chief Judge Braden with an award for “the Advancement of Intellectual Property Law.” In September 2017, Chief Judge Braden was appointed as a member of the Administrative Conference’s Committee on Judicial Review and assigned to the Agency Guidance Project.

In January 2015, Judge Braden was appointed by the American Law Institute as one of seven Judicial Advisors to the RESTATEMENT OF THE LAW ON COPYRIGHT. In 2015, Judge Braden was appointed as a member of the Howard University Law School Intellectual Property Program Advisory Board. In 2013, Judge Braden was appointed to the Judges Special Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and named as Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Advisory Council of the United States Court of Federal Claims. In 2012, Judge Braden received the Linn Inn Alliance Distinguished Service Medal at the New York Intellectual Property Lawyers Association Annual Dinner. In 2012, Judge Braden was appointed as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law Task Force to consider how to more efficiently adjudicate “small” patent infringement cases. In November 2011, she was recognized at a United States Supreme Court ceremony, and received the American Inns of Court’s Platinum Distinction Award for her work as President of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court. She also has served as a Member of the Editorial Board of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

From 2009 to 2012, Judge Braden was appointed as a Member of the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility-Judges Advisory Committee of the American Bar Association. In 2007, Judge Braden was elected as a Member of the American Law Institute and was active in drafting RESTATEMENT OF LAW THIRD, RESTITUTION AND UNJUST ENRICHMENT. In 2004, she was inducted as a Senior Fellow of the ABA’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Section by Justice O’Connor at a ceremony held at the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to joining the bench, Judge Braden litigated complex federal and administrative law cases in private practice in trial and appellate courts. In particular, her work in the intellectual property area received favorable notice in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, National Law Journal, and the Journal of the American Bar Association, and was featured in Interfaces on Trial: Intellectual Property and Interoperability In The Global Software Industry. In 1996, Judge Braden was honored by the Computer Law Association for winning multiple decisions in the Eastern District of New York, the Eastern District of Texas, the Second Circuit, and a certified question to the Supreme Court of Texas in Computer Assocs. Int’l, Inc. v. Altai Inc., a landmark case that changed the application of copyright law to computer software. In 1998, she also won a companion case in France before the Cour de Appel de Paris.

In private practice, Judge Braden represented a wide variety of client interests before almost every major department and federal agency, testified before the United States Congress on a variety of matters, and was a principal lobbyist for the Emergency Oil and Steel Loan Guarantee Act of 1999, that established a $1 billion federal loan guarantee program to assist bankrupt and troubled steel mills and small oil companies.

Judge Braden received a B.A. degree (1970) and J. D. degree (1973) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She also attended post graduate courses at the Harvard Law School in the summer of 1978.

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