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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by:||Paul N. Brown|
|Past post:||Attorney in private practice|
|Hometown:||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Undergraduate:||University 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. He will retire from the court in May 2015.
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 the Baylor University School of Law in Waco, Texas, in 1977. Davis served in the Texas Army National Guard from 1970 to 1973.
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.
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 N. 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.
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.
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.Supreme Court of the United States agreed with the original verdict, awarding i4i a $290 million verdict.
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, "Judge Leonard Davis" (dead link)
- The Robing Room, "Rate Judge Davis"
- Federal Judicial Center, "Judge Leonard E. Davis Biography"
- Tyler Morning Telegraph, "Judge Davis planning to retire from the bench in May," October 15, 2014
- Federal Judicial Center, "Judge Leonard E. Davis Biography," accessed October 15, 2014
- The Library of Congress, "'THOMAS' Leonard Davis USDC, EDTX confirmation: PN1337-107"
- Bloomberg, "Microsoft Asks federal judge to Overturn Patent Loss to i4i," July 9, 2009
- "CNET", "Microsoft files appeal in Word injunction case," August 26, 2009
- "CNET", "Microsoft granted stay of Word injunction," September 3, 2009
- The Telegraph, "Microsoft loses $290m patent case over Word tool," June 9, 2011
|Federal judicial offices|
Paul N. Brown
|Eastern District of Texas
|Magistrate judges||Don Bush • Caroline Craven • Keith Giblin • John Love • Zack Hawthorn • Roy Payne • Katie Nicole Mitchell •|
|Former Article III judges||
John Charles Watrous • Amos Morrill • Joel Winch • Chauncey Brewer Sabin • Robert Parker • David Ezekiel Bryant • Gordon James Russell • William Lee Estes • David Folsom • T. John Ward • William Justice • Randolph Bryant • Paul N. Brown (Texas) • Lamar Cecil • Howell Cobb • Joseph Fisher • Sam Hall • John H. Hannah • Joseph Sheehy • William Steger •
|Former Chief judges|