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Recipients of the Boston Patent Law Association Distinguished Public Service Award



The Honorable F. Dennis Saylor, IV
US District Court Judge
District of Massachusetts

Hon. F. Dennis Saylor IV was appointed as United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts in 2004. Before his appointment, he was a member of the Boston law firm of Goodwin Procter LLP. He served as an assistant US attorney in the District of Massachusetts from 1987 to 1990 and as special counsel and chief of staff to the Assistant Attorney General–Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC from 1990 until 1993. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard Law School.


Judge Saylor presided over the Central Division in Worcester from 2004 to 2012, when he was reassigned to the Eastern Division in Boston. In 2011, he was appointed to a term on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. He served on the Committee on Defender Services of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 2009 to 2015. Judge Saylor is scheduled to become the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts on January 1, 2020.











The Honorable Arthur J Gajarsa
Federal Circuit Judge

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.


The Honorable Kimberly A. Moore

Federal Circuit Judge 

Judge Moore has made a significant impact on patent law since graduating from MIT with bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. As a professor of intellectual property law at Chicago-Kent College of Law, the University of Maryland School of Law, and most recently at George Mason University School of Law, Her Honor wrote extensively on patent law issues, applying her background in technology and empirical analysis to complex problems of patent law, such as claim construction and patent litigation. Her Honor also edited the Federal Circuit Bar Journal from 1998 to 2006. In 2006, Judge Moore became one of the youngest people appointed to a federal appeals court, and she has served admirably and tirelessly at the Federal Circuit for the past ten years.


The Honorable John Greaney

Chief Justice

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts


Justice Greaney graduated from the College of Holy Cross and New York University School of Law, served in the Massachusetts National Guard and began the practice of law in 1963. In 1974, he became a judge on Hampden County Housing Court and in 1976, a Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Greaney was appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court on September 9, 1989. In 2008 Justice Greaney retired from the SJC and is currently the director of the Macaronis Institute for Trial and Appellate Advocacy at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. 



David McGillivray

Race Director of the BAA Boston Marathon

Founder of DMSE, Inc



The Honorable Mark L. Wolf

District Judge

United States District Court of Massachusetts



The Honorable Marianne B. Bowler

Magistrate Judge

United States District Court of Massachusetts


Judge Bowler has served at United States District Court of Massachusetts since 1990. She served as Chief Magistrate Judge from 2002 until 2005, has been an Observer Member to the Judicial Council of the First Circuit since 2010, and is currently serving in her second term as a member of the International Judicial Relations Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. Judge Bowler is the Vice President of the Boston Intellectual Property Inn of Court and was a co-founding President of the Boston College Inn of Court for Intellectual Property in 1997.



The Honorable Alan D. Lourie

Circuit Judge

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Judge Alan D. Lourie was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on April 6, 1990. Prior to his appointment, Judge Lourie was Vice President, Corporate Patents and Trademarks, and Associate General Counsel of SmithKline Beecham Corporation. Judge Lourie also held the position of Vice Chairman of the Industry Functional Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property Rights for Trade Policy Matters (IFAC 3) for the Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative from 1987 to 1990. He was a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on Financial Disclosure from 1990 to 1998 and is now a member of the Committee on Codes of Conduct. Judge Lourie received his Bachelor's degree from Harvard University, his Master's degree in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his J.D. from Temple University. 


The Honorable Rya W. Zobel
District Judge
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Born in Zwickau, Germany, Judge Rya Zobel received an A.B. from Radcliffe College in 1953 and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1956. She was a law clerk to George C. Sweeney, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts from 1956 to 1966. She was in private practice in Boston, Massachusetts from 1967 to 1979.  On January 25, 1979, Judge Zobel was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts created by 92 Stat. 1629. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 21, 1979, and received her commission on March 23, 1979.  Among her judicial duties, she was director of the Federal Judicial Center from 1995 to 1999.



The Honorable Richard G. Stearns
District Judge
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Judge Stearns was nominated to a seat on the United States District Court for Massachusetts by President William J. Clinton. He joined the Court in 1994 after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate.  Prior to becoming a District Judge, he served as Associate Justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts, Assistant United States Attorney, and Assistant District Attorney for Norfolk County. Judge Stearns is presently a member of the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on Space and Facilities and the Committee on Judicial Security.  He has previously served on the Federal-State Jurisdiction Committee, the Mass Torts Working Group, and the First Circuit Judicial Council.  He serves as a Multi-District Litigation Panel Transferee Judge and sits by designation on various Courts of Appeals.  Judge Stearns is the recipient of a B.A. in history from Stanford University, an M. Litt. (political philosophy) from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is also the recipient of Honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Suffolk Law School and Southern New England School of Law.



The Honorable Patti Saris
District Judge
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

United States District Judge Patti B. Saris was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and has resided in the Boston area for most of her life.  She is graduate of the Girls' Latin School, Radcliffe College '73 (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), and Harvard Law School '76 (cum laude).  After graduating from law school, she clerked for Hon. Robert Braucher, Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, and then worked as a litigation associate at Foley, Hoag and Eliot. When Senator Edward M. Kennedy became chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, she moved to Washington D.C. and worked as staff counsel on regulatory reform legislation and other matters. In 1982, after a brief return to private practice, she became an Assistant United States Attorney, and eventually chief of the Civil Division.  In 1986, Judge Saris became a United States Magistrate Judge, and in 1989, she was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court where she presided over civil and criminal trials. In 1994, she was appointed to the United States District Court. In 1997, she received the Haskell Cohn Award for Distinguished Judicial Service from the Boston Bar Association.



The Honorable William G. Young
District Judge
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Honorable William G. Young, Judge of the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, has been an active trial judge for more than 25 years, serving on both the Massachusetts Superior Court (1977 85) and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (1985 present).  After receiving his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1962, he served two years as an officer in the United States Army.  His legal career began in 1967 when he was admitted to the Massachusetts bar upon graduating from the Harvard Law School.  He served as law clerk to the Honorable Raymond S. Wilkins, Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court.  Following his clerkship, he practiced law as an associate and then partner at the Boston law firm of Bingham, Dana & Gould.  His legal career has also included stints as a Special Assistant Attorney General and as Chief Counsel for former Massachusetts Governor Francis W. Sargent.



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