On September 9, 2010, Corporate Counsel Magazine published a list of the 25 most influential people in the intellectual property practice area.  Chief ALJ Paul J. Luckern was listed along with other judges including , U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Judges Michel and Rader, and Judge T. John Ward of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

According to the article:
The International Trade Commission has enjoyed soaring popularity of late.  Indeed, the ITC is on pace this year to see its docket of so-called 337 patent investigations nearly double from where it stood in 2006.  That was the year the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that limited the ability of federal district court judges to grant injunctive relief in patent infringement cases.  That decision immediately raised the ITC's profile, thanks to the agency's ability to issue exclusion orders that bar infringing products from entering the United States.  "Ever since the Supreme Court restricted injunctive relief, plaintiffs have been rushing toward us.  That's all we do here," says Luckern, who oversees judges, assigns cases, sets deadlines for when investigations must be completed, and hears claims himself, including separate recent disputes involving Nokia Corporation, Apple Inc., and Panasonic Corporation.  Luckern has also traveled throughout Asia, educating foreign lawyers about the intricacies of ITC patent disputes.  No wonder foreign-based companies are increasingly taking their patent wars to the commission.


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