January 31, 2005
News Release 05-016
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

BARTON NAMED NEW ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE AT U.S. INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

Stephen Koplan, Chairman of the United States International Trade Commission (ITC), announced today that Judge Robert L. Barton, Jr., has been named an Administrative Law Judge at the ITC. Barton will manage litigation, preside over evidentiary hearings, and make initial determinations in the agency's investigations involving unfair practices in import trade. These investigations most often involve allegations of patent, trademark, and copyright infringement.

Barton served as an Administrative Law Judge with the U.S. Department of Justice from 1995 until his ITC appointment. He previously served as an Administrative Law Judge at the U.S. Department of Transportation (1990-1995) and the Social Security Administration (1988-1990). Prior to that, he was a senior attorney with the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission (1976-1988). He has served as an instructor with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the U.S. Department of Justice Legal Education Institute.

Barton was an Associate at the Washington, DC, law firm of Sherman, Dunn, Cohen, & Leifer from 1972-1975. Prior to that, he served as a Special Assistant in the Office of the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of Labor and as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Edward W. Day, U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island.

Barton holds a a juris doctor degree from the Boston College School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The U.S. International Trade Commission is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that provides trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices, such as patent, trademark, and copyright infringement.

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