Patent lawyers are hard to please. The evidence: newly appointed federal judge Kimberly Moore. Despite her impeccable IP credentials, Moore received a lukewarm response when President George Bush first nominated her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. (She officially replaced Judge Raymond Clevenger III on Sept. 8.)

For years, the patent bar pushed lawmakers to nominate a patent specialist for the next open seat on the Federal Circuit. Fewer than half of the 12 Federal Circuit judges had significant patent experience, but the bulk of the court’s docket deals with complex patent cases, they argued.