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Howard Thomas Markey (November 10, 1920 – May 3, 2006) was an American jurist who served as the first chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is often credited with establishing that court's renown and competence in intellectual property law. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, or simply the Federal Circuit, was founded in 1982 to combine similar federal cases to a specialized appellate court. ... In law, intellectual property (IP) is an umbrella term for various legal entitlements which attach to certain types of information, ideas, or other intangibles in their expressed form. ...


Markey was born in Chicago, Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II as a test pilot, flying P-38s and P-59 jets in extreme cold-weather. He left the army in 1946 as a major, and became a lieutenant-colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Markey subsequently earned his undergraduate degree and a J.D. in an accelerated one-year program at Loyola University School of Law in 1949, and an L.L.M. in patent law in 1950 from John Marshall Law School. He returned to active military service in the Korean War, in which he served as a planner of the Korean airlift. Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq. ... The United States Army Air Forces, or USAAF, was a part of the U.S. military during World War II. The direct precursor to the U.S. Air Force, the USAAF formally existed between 1941 and 1947. ... Combatants Allies: Poland, British Commonwealth, France/Free France, Soviet Union, United States, China, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, and others Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total dead: 50 million Military dead: 8 million Civilian dead: 4 million Total dead: 12 million World War II... Test pilots work on developing, evaluating and proving experimental aircraft. ... The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was one of the most important American fighters of the Second World War. ... The Bell P-59 was a fighter aircraft built in the United States during World War II. Its prototype, the XP-59 became the first jet-powered aircraft to fly in the US when it took off for the first time on October 1, 1942. ... This article or section should be merged with Air Force Reserve Command Overview The Air Force Reserve is an integral and essential part of the United States presence in air and space. ... J.D. redirects here; for alternate uses, see J.D. (disambiguation) J.D. is an abbreviation for the Latin Juris Doctor, also called a Doctor of Law or Doctorate of Jurisprudence, and is the law degree typically awarded by an accredited U.S. law school after successfully completing three years... The Master of Laws is an advanced law degree that allows someone to specialize in a particular area of law. ... A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a government to an inventor or applicant for a limited amount of time (normally maximum 20 years from the filing date, depending on extension). ... The John Marshall Law School is the name of two unrelated law schools, both named in honor of John Marshall. ... Combatants Western Allied/UN combatants: South Korea, United States Communist combatants: North Korea, Peoples Republic of China Strength Note: All figures may vary according to source. ...


Markey returned to Chicago following the war, specializing his private legal practice in patent law and other areas of intellectual property. He remained in the Air Force Reserve, and served as commander of the Illinois Air National Guard and as deputy commander of the Reserve's Tactical Air Command. Markey retired from the Air Force Reserve in 1976 as a major general, having received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Flying Cross. The Illinois Air National Guard is a subordinate air force unit of the United States National Guard. ... The Tactical Air Command (TAC) was a command of the United States Air Force charged with battlefield-level (tactical) air combat, including light bombardment, close air support of ground troops, interdiction of enemy forces, and air transport of ground troops. ... Insignia of a United States Air Force Major General German Generalmajor Insignia Major General is a military rank used in many countries. ... The Distinguished Service Medal is a high level military and civilian decoration of the United States of America which is issued for meritorious service to the government of the United States in either a senior government service position or as a senior officer of the United States armed forces. ... The Legion of Merit is a military decoration of the United States armed forces which is awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. ... The Distinguished Flying Cross. ...


Markey was nominated by President Richard Nixon in 1972 to become chief judge of the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals. After that court was merged with an appellate division of the U.S. Court of Claims to establish the Federal Circuit in 1982, he continued to serve as chief judge of the new court until 1991. During his tenure on both courts, and while sitting by designation in the regional circuits, Markey is estimated to have participated in over 6,400 cases, and to have written over 1000 opinions. Following his retirement from the bench, Markey served as the dean of John Marshall Law School, from 1991 until 1994. The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... In an educational setting, a dean is a person with significant authority . ...


In 1997, Congress named the Federal Circuit's Washington, D.C. headquarters after Markey. Congressman Henry Hyde (R-IL), then-chair of the House Judiciary Committee, said that Markey's efforts had established the Federal Circuit as "the world's most respected and followed court on matters of intellectual property." Congress in Joint Session. ... Nickname: the District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Official website: http://www. ... Henry John Hyde (born April 18, 1924), American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1975, representing the 6th District of Illinois (map). ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq. ... U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, or (more commonly) the House Judiciary Committee, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives. ...


Markey, who suffered from Parkinson's Disease, died on May 3, 2006 in a nursing home in Hinsdale, Illinois where he lived his last years. He is said to have asked the nursing home staff to call him "judge" and "general" on alternate days. Markey was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. A nursing home or skilled nursing facility (SNF) is a place of residence for people who require constant nursing care and have significant Activity of Daily Living (ADL) deficiencies. ... Hinsdale is a prestigious suburban village located in Cook County and DuPage County in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, is an American military cemetery established during the American Civil War on the grounds of Robert E. Lees home. ...


His wife of 52 years, Elizabeth Pelletier Markey, died in 1994. They had three sons: Thomas, who died in infancy, Christopher and Jeffrey; and a daughter, Jennifer.


References

  • Federal Judiciary Center profile of Judge Markey
  • Obituraries: Howard Markey; First Chief Judge of Federal Circuit Appellate Court, Patricia Sullivan. Washington Post, May 5, 2006.
  • Former Federal Circuit Judge Howard T. Markey Dies, BNA Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, May 5, 2006.

 
 

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