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Alvin Schall

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Alvin Schall
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   8/17/1992 - 10/5/2009
Senior:   10/5/2009 - Present
Preceded by:   Edward Samuel Smith
Succeeded by:   Kathleen M. O'Malley
Past post:   Assistant to U.S. Attorney General
Past term:   1988 - 1992
Personal History
Born:   1944
Undergraduate:   Princeton U., 1966
Law School:   Tulane Law, 1969

Alvin Anthony Schall is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He joined the court in 1992 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. Schall assumed senior status on October 5, 2009.[1]


Schall graduated from Princeton with his bachelor's degree in 1966 and also graduated from Tulane Law with his J.D. Degree in 1969.[1]


  • 1988-1992: Assistant to U.S. Attorney General
  • 1987-1988: Private Practice, Washington, D.C.
  • 1986-1987: Senior Trial Counsel
  • 1978-1987: Trial Attorney, Civil Division, U.S. Dept. of Justice
  • 1977-1978: Chief Appeals Division
  • 1973-1978: Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of New York
  • 1969-1973: Private Practice, New York City[1]

Federal judicial career

Schall was nominated by President George H.W. Bush on March 3, 1992 to a seat vacated by Edward Samuel Smith. Schall was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 12, 1992 on unanimous consent of the Senate and received commission on August 17, 1992. Schall assumed senior status on October 5, 2009.[1]

Notable cases

Microsoft "Word" patent infringement (2009)

     United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (i4i Limited Partnership and Infrastructures for Information Inc., v. Microsoft Corp., 07-CV-113)

Judge Schall was one of three judges that presided over the oral arguments between Microsoft and the Canadian based company i4i as Microsoft appealed a $290 million dollar judgment for patent infringement that was levied in the Eastern District of Texas. The legal team for Microsoft argued that the infringement was undertaken willfully, claiming that they were in contact with i4i at the time. Ultimately, it was held that they did not present substantial evidence to back up their claim, and the court ruled for i4i. Judge Schall commented that he "[found] it hard to believe that Microsoft didn't read the patent," when responding to Microsoft's oral arguments.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Edward Samuel Smith
Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit
Succeeded by:
Kathleen M. O'Malley