The Honorable Faith Hochberg is a nationally recognized Federal Judge and former United States Attorney known for her broad expertise in both governmental enforcement and complex corporate and patent litigation. She retired from the bench in 2015 and now serves as a mediator and arbitrator of complex litigation. She has an exceptional ability to forecast potential litigation outcomes and has demonstrated a unique talent to mediate resolutions in both the courtroom and the boardroom. Judge Hochberg has been described by the patent bar as a thought leader in intellectual property law. She guides decision makers by quickly grasping deeply complex issues, asking key questions, and eliciting creative solutions.
Judge Hochberg was twice nominated by President Clinton, and confirmed by the Senate, first as United States Attorney for New Jersey and then as a United States District Judge. During her judicial tenure, she has been invited to speak nationwide and abroad about patent litigation, employment law, and efficient dispute resolution She has represented the United States in international judicial conferences.
Judge Hochberg has presided over 132 patent cases, including multiple nationwide cases where she was appointed by the Judicial Panel on Multi District Litigation. She has handled many pharmaceutical patent cases arising under the Hatch Waxman Act and related Antitrust cases; Technology patents; and cases of first impression, e.g., Fuji vs. Jazz (repair vs. reconstruction doctrine) and Ibormeith vs Mercedes (new analytical framework under sec.112). Judge Hochberg was invited to sit by designation on the Federal Circuit; has served as a Patent Pilot judge; and vice chair of the Patent Rules Committee. She is co-chair of the Judges' Committee of the Federal Circuit Bar Association, where she has taught symposia on recent trends in patent law. Intellectual Property conferences, including the IPO, PLI and AIPLA , CHIPs, and several renowned Law schools regularly ask her to speak on emerging topics in the field.
Judge Hochberg has been named the first Fellow of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of intellectual property law.
Prior to ascending the bench, Judge Hochberg served as the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, where she led one of the largest United States Attorney’s Offices. She was selected to serve on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, where her responsibilities included supervision of the Office of Foreign Assets.
Control and leading the international anti-money laundering initiatives of the Treasury Department. She led intra-governmental negotiations between the law enforcement agencies of the Treasury Department and their counterparts at the Justice and State Departments. Judge Hochberg has also led a national Treasury office that enforced compliance and financial risk reforms in the savings and loan industry. She was a frequent speaker at national banking conferences.
Judge Hochberg has served on the Board of the Lasker Foundation, renowned for its dedication to the alleviation of human suffering through advances in science and medicine. She has been honored by the International Women’s Forum; the Harvard Law School Women’s Alliance; Seton Hall Law School; and numerous federal agencies.
Judge Hochberg graduated from Harvard Law School with a J.D., magna cum laude, where she was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. She graduated, summa cum laude, from Tufts University, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She also attended the London School of Economics. Judge Hochberg is married to a surgeon and has two grown children and two exceptional grandchildren.