Chief Judge Paul Luckern, who had a long, distinguished career as a chemist, attorney and Judge, has retired from the ITC. After receiving an LL.B. and an LL.M. from Georgetown University, and a master of science degree from Cornell University, he began his career as a chemist, first teaching chemistry at the University of Southern California and then working as a chemist at Eastman Kodak. In 1956 Chief Judge Luckern focused his career on patent law, first as a patent examiner at the PTO, next as a technical advisor for the late Honorable Jack Martin of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, next with the law firm of Fish & Neave, and thereafter as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. In the early 1980s, Chief Judge Luckern became an Administrative Law Judge, and joined the ITC in that capacity in 1984, presiding over highly complex patent and trademark ITC Section 337 investigations. In 2008, the ITC appointed him Chief Administrative Law Judge. Chief Judge Luckern has received numerous awards as an outstanding jurist.
Chief Judge Luckern's retirement follows shortly after Judge Carl Charneski returned to private practice. Judge Charles Bullock, an ITC ALJ for approximately ten years, has been named as the Acting Chief Administrative Law Judge.