Paul J. Luckern has been a permanent administrative law judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) since August 1984. On July 3, 2008 the Chairman named Judge Luckern as Chief Administrative Law Judge at the ITC, effective July 6, 2008.
The ITC is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency established by Congress with a wide range of trade-related mandates. Under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, the ITC conducts investigations into certain alleged unfair practices in import trade. The ITC’s administrative law judges direct litigation, hold hearings and make initial determinations in investigations under section 337. The majority of the alleged unfair trade practices involve intellectual property, in particular alleged infringement of U.S. patents. Judge Luckern’s speciality is administrative law and intellectual property law.
A native of Auburn, New York, Judge Luckern received a B.S. degree in chemistry, cum laude, from Georgetown University and an M.S. degree in organic chemistry from Cornell University. After working as a chemist at Eastman Kodak, he did further graduate work under a research grant, and taught chemistry, at the University of Southern California.
From 1956 to 1960 Judge Luckern was a patent examiner in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He received an LL.B (J.D.) Degree from Georgetown University in 1959. From 1960 to 1962 Judge Luckern worked under a contract as patent consultant in Basil, Switzerland for J.R. Geigy, A.G. From 1962 to 1964, he was a technical advisor to the late Hon. I. Jack Martin of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals. He received an LL.M degree from Georgetown University in 1964.
Judge Luckern started as an associate with Fish & Neave, of New York City in August, 1964 and later became a junior partner there. In 1971 he resigned from that firm to become a trial attorney in intellectual property with the U.S. Department of Justice. Judge Luckern received U.S. Department of Justice Special Commendation awards for outstanding service in 1975 and 1979.
Judge Luckern was appointed an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration in Pittsburgh, Pa., in November 1981. He was on detail with the ITC from April 30, 1984 to August 13, 1984.