Leonard Davis

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Leonard Davis
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #6
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   5/10/2002 - Present
Chief:   2012 - Present
Preceded by:   Paul Brown
Personal History
Born:   1948
Hometown:   Fort Worth, TX
Undergraduate:   U. of Texas, B.A., 1970
Law School:   Baylor U. School of Law, J.D., 1976
Grad. School:   Texas Christian University, M.A., 1974
Military service:   Texas Army National Guard, 1970-1973



Leonard E. Davis is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Davis became the chief judge of the court in 2012.

Early life and education

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Davis graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with his bachelor's degree in 1970 and a Master's degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas in 1974. Davis later earned his J.D. degree from Baylor University School of Law in Waco in 1977. Davis served in the Texas Army National Guard from 1970 to 1973.[1]

Professional career

Davis was a private practice attorney in the State of Texas from 1977 to 2000 before being appointed by then Texas Governor George W. Bush as Chief Justice of the Texas Twelfth District Court of Appeals from 2000 to 2002.[1]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Texas

On the recommendation of Texas U.S. Senators Kay Bailey-Hutchinson and Phil Gramm, Davis was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas by President George W. Bush on January 23, 2002 to a seat vacated by Paul Brown. Davis was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 9, 2002 on a unopposed 97-0-3 senate vote and received commission on May 10, 2002. Davis became the chief judge of the court in 2012.[2]

Notable cases

Microsoft Word patent case (2009-2011)

  United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Microsoft was forced to pay $290 million to Canadian software company i4i after a federal jury found that the company’s Word products violated a patented way to process electronic documents.[3]

A verdict issued by the Eastern District of Texas said, "Microsoft’s infringement was willful." This resulted in i4i LP winning a $200 million dollar verdict.[3]

In August 2009, Judge Davis ordered Microsoft a 60-day injunction against any sale of Microsoft Word in the United States, which the company appealed soon after.[4]

On September 4, 2009, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay on the injunction Judge Davis ordered on Microsoft Word sales while the appeal proceedings went forward.[5]

In June 2011, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed with the original verdict, awarding i4i a $290 million verdict.[6]


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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Paul Brown
Eastern District of Texas
2012–Current
Seat #6
Succeeded by:
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