Administrative Patent Judge Steven Amundson wrote that Centripetal Networks’ claim of bias ‘lacks merit,’ but that he was withdrawing to simplify the issues and give a replacement judge more time to get up to speed. It’s the latest move in a tit-for-tat fight between Centripetal and Cisco over judicial recusals.
January 18, 2023 at 08:52 PM
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What You Need to Know
- Federal law requires district court judges to recuse over any financial conflict of interest.
- The Office of Governmental Ethics permits administrative judges to hold up to $15,000 of stock in a party.
- Centripetal Networks and its Kramer Levin counsel argue the two can’t be squared.
A second judge on a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office administrative panel has recused himself amid allegations of bias in favor of Cisco Systems Inc.
Administrative Patent Judge Steven Amundson wrote in a brief order Wednesday that Centripetal Networks’ claim of bias “lacks merit,” but followed APJ Brian McNamara’s move last week to voluntarily recuse himself.
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