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When: 6:00 PM
Where: John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse
One Courthouse Way
Boston, Massachusetts  02210
United States
Contact: Emily Whelan

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The Annual Dinner In Honor of the Federal Judiciary

Friday, May 12, 2017


John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, Boston, Massachusetts




Boston Patent Law Association

Distinguished Public Service Award


The BPLA is pleased to honor retired Federal Circuit Judge Arthur J. Gajarsa with its Distinguished Public Service Award. Judge Gajarsa has had a long and distinguished career in the judiciary. He was nominated to the Federal Circuit in 1996 by President Clinton, confirmed by the US Senate in 1997 and served for 15 years, retiring in June 2012. Judge Gajarsa has also represented Native American tribal interests for whom he made several appearances before the US Supreme Court. Prior to his appointment, Judge Gajarsa was a well-recognized litigator who also practiced corporate law, intellectual property, securities law and general litigation with various law firms as a partner or principal officer. His career includes service at the Department of Commerce, Department of the Interior and Department of Defense.

Judge Gajarsa has made a significant impact on patent law since graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1967 with a JD. He received his MA from Catholic University of America and also a BS at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Electrical Engineering.  After graduation from law school, Judge Gajarsa served as a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph J. McGarraghy of the US District Court in Washington DC.

Confirmed Attendees

Chief Judge Sharon Prost (CAFC)
Judge Alan D. Lourie (CAFC)
Judge Raymond C. Clevenger, III (CAFC)
Judge Kathleen M. O'Malley (CAFC)
Chief Judge David Ruschke of the PTAB





Salad of Field Greens with Local Roasted Red and Gold Beets

Warm Brie Croque Monsieur and Citrus

Aged Sherry Vinaigrette


Entree choice of three:


Herb and Pepper Crusted Sirloin Steak

Charred Tomato, Haricots Verts

Warm Yukon Gold Potato and Cerignola Olive Salad

Truffled Celery Leaf and Crispy Salsify


Roasted Salmon

Local Spring Beet Ravioli

Garlicky Broccoli Rabe

Carrot and Ginger Nage


Eggplant, Goat Cheese and Asparagus Cannelloni with

Charred Tomato Vinaigrette and Petite Herb Salad





Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m. and the program and dinner begin at 7:00 p.m.  Dress is business attire.  The registration fee is $200 for members and $250 for non-members.  Tables of 10 can be purchased for $2000. 


Sponsorship opportunities can be found HERE. Please note that the registration closes by the end of the day May 2nd, 2017. Or, please contact Emily Whelan at for sponsorship information or a registration form. 


Boston Patent Law Association
One Batterymarch Park, Suite 101
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617.507.5570

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