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Federal circuit chief to retire

The chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit says he will retire, according to The Wall Street Journal.  Paul Michel made the announcement Friday evening.  Circuit Judge Randall Rader will become chief judge on June 1.

According to the paper, Michel surprised many listeners Friday by saying he will be retiring fully and not assuming “senior status” in which judges can elect to hear fewer cases.

Michel wrote part of a May opinion ruling that companies and inventors cannot patent methods of doing business. The U.S. Supreme Court is now considering an appeal of the court’s ruling in the case, Bilski v. Kappos.

By Peter Vieth

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