© 1999 Neil A. Smith.

J.D., 1969, Columbia Law School. L.L.M., 1972, George Washington Law School. Neil Smith is a partner with the San Francisco Firm of Limbach & Limbach which he joined in 1974 following his two-year clerkship with Judge Giles Sutherland Rich.

1. Letter from Giles S. Rich, Associate Judge, Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, to Neil Smith (July 1971) (on file with the author).

2. In re Oda, 443 F.2d. 1200 (CCPA 1971).

3. See id. at 1207.

4. Rich, supra note 2.

5. Letter from Giles S. Rich, Associate Circuit Judge, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, to Neil Smith (August 1974) (on file with the author).

6. Id.

7. Id.

8. Giles S. Rich, Address at the First Judicial Conference of the U.S. C.C.P.A., 65 F.R.D. 171, 194 (1974).

9. See Federal Circuit Judicial Conference Looks at Court Procedures and Markman Issues, 57 PTCJ 495 (1999).

10. Giles S. Rich, Speech to the New Jersey Patent Law Association, Jefferson Medal Dinner (May 18, 1955).

11. Id.

12. Id.

13. Id.

14. Id.

15. P.J. Federico, Commentary on the New Patent Act, 35 U.S.C.A. 1 (West 1954).

16. Giles S. Rich, P.J. (Pat) Federico and His Works, 64 J. PAT. OFF. SOC'Y. 1 (1982).

17. Rich, supra note 11.

18. 35 U.S.C. 103 (1994).

19. Rich, supra note 11.

20. Giles S. Rich, Speech to the Rochester Patent Law Ass'n (Oct 15, 1974). See also Giles S. Rich, Change, 2 APLA Q. J., 214 (1974) (an article by Judge Rich based upon this speech).

21. 149 F.3d 1368 (Fed. Cir. 1998), cert denied, 119 S. Ct. 851 (1999).

22. See In re Benson, 441 F.2d 682, 688 (C.C.P.A. 1971).

23. Id. at 685.

24. Id. at 685 n.4.

25. Id. at 688.

26. Gottschalk v. Benson, 409 U.S. 63 (1972).

27. ROBERT SHOGAN, A QUESTION OF JUDGEMENT, THE FORTAS CASE AND THE STRUGGLE FOR THE SUPREME COURT (1972).

28. Id. at 131.

29. See State Street Bank, 149 F.3d at 1373-75.

30. 33 F.3d 1526 (Fed. Cir. 1994).

31. Id. at 1557.

32. 497 F.2d 1344 (C.C.P.A. 1974).

33. 328 F.2d 925 (C.C.P.A. 1964).

34. 289 F.2d 496 (C.C.P.A. 1961).

35. See Honeywell, 497 F.2d at 1350.

36. 671 F.2d 1332 (C.C.P.A. 1982).

37. See id. at 1337-40.

38. The Supreme Court has granted certiorari recently in a product configuration case. See Samara Bros., Inc. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 165 F.3d 120 (2nd Cir. 1998), cert. granted in part, 120 S.Ct. 308 (1999).

39. See Levi Strauss & Co. v. Blue Bell, Inc., 632 F.2d 817 (9th Cir. 1980).