By: Blaney Harper  A few weeks ago we reported that Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) Thomas B. Pender had retired from the ITC (here). In recent notices issued by Chief ALJ Bullock, some of the investigations that were previously assigned to ALJ Pender were reassigned to him.

The Notices specifically indicated that ALJ Pender “has returned to the Commission” to complete the particular investigation and that the investigation was therefore reassigned to him.

Notably, it did not appear that all of investigations previously assigned to ALJ Pender at the time of his retirement were reassigned to him. Accordingly, it seems possible that ALJ Pender was asked to return to the ITC for the limited purpose of completing the few cases that were reassigned to him.

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Blaney Harper, who co-chairs the Firms intellectual property ITC practice, focuses on strategic patent litigation representing electronics, software, and information technology companies in matters such as patent enforcement in United States District Courts and the International Trade Commission (ITC). Blaney also represents and counsels clients concerning patent portfolio development and patent prosecution and appeal, including Inter Partes Review, in the USPTO. Blaney co-chairs the Firm's ITC practice and is the IP Practice Coordinator for the Washington Office.