Paul Redmond Michel
February 21, 1941 (age 82) Buffalo, New York, U.S. (
United States Military Academy College of William and Mary University of Virginia
William & Mary Law School
Haldane Robert Mayer (born February 21, 1941) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Education and military service
Mayer was born in Buffalo, New York. Mayer was appointed to the United States Military Academy by Representative William E. Miller, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1963. Mayer served in the United States Army from 1963 to 1975. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service, and Army Commendation Medals, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and Ranger Combat Badge for his service during the Vietnam War. He took leave from the Army to attend the William & Mary Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the William and Mary Law Review. He graduated first in his class and received his Juris Doctor in 1971. He attended The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School at the University of Virginia.
Mayer served as Special Assistant to the Chief Justice of the United States, Warren E. Burger, for three years, and as law clerk to Judge John D. Butzner, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He was in private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the 1970s, and in Washington, D.C., in 1980 and 1981. He was Deputy and Acting Special Counsel at the United States Merit Systems Protection Board from 1981 to 1982. President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the United States Claims Court in 1982, where he served until 1987.
Federal judicial service
Mayer was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on February 3, 1987, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated by Judge Marion Tinsley Bennett. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 11, 1987, and received commission on June 15, 1987. He served as Chief Judge from 1997 to 2004. Mayer took senior status on June 30, 2010. He was an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Mayer wrote a concurring opinion in Intellectual Ventures v. Symantec, that controversially argues that "(1) patents constricting the essential channels of online communication run afoul of the First Amendment; and (2) claims directed to software implemented on a generic computer are categorically not eligible for patent."