Calif. Judge Said to Be on Short List for Federal Circuit
Sleet seems to have a good shot; Vice President Joe Biden tapped him for U.S. Attorney and judge while serving as Delaware's senator. Sleet would also be the first African-American on the Federal Circuit.
Regardless of who it is, there is a movement to get a district court judge on the Federal Circuit.
"I think there is widespread support for bringing a district court judge with patent experience," said Peter Menell, a professor at Berkeley Law who specializes in intellectual property.1/4/2010