On January 19, 2012, the ITC issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Chief ALJ Paul J. Luckern: 
The Commissioners and staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission are very deeply saddened by the news of Judge Paul J. Luckern's death.

We consider it an honor and privilege to have worked with Judge Luckern, who was one of the nation's preeminent intellectual property jurists and the USITC’s longest-serving Administrative Law Judge.  He presided over more than 150 Section 337 investigations during the 27 years he worked here.

In addition, while continuing to preside over cases, he took on the additional role of Chief Administrative Law Judge in 2008, providing administrative guidance and leadership to assure a thorough, yet expeditious, processing of the agency's section 337 investigation caseload.

Judge Luckern was well respected within the intellectual property legal community and widely regarded as a knowledgeable, hard working, and fair judge. For us, he was also a warm friend and colleague. He will be greatly missed.

We offer our deepest condolences to Judge Luckern's family and friends.

ITC 337 Law Blog salutes the accomplishments of former Chief Administrative Law Judge Luckern.  He was a larger than life figure in our area of practice and helped make Section 337 litigation what it is today.  He will be sorely missed.  Please see our August 4, 2011 post for more information about former Chief ALJ Luckern's impressive career.