Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Chairman of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), announced today that Judge Clark S. Cheney has joined the USITC as an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Cheney 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 and trademark infringement.
Prior to joining the USITC, Cheney served as an ALJ with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Social Security Administration.
Cheney worked in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. International Trade Commission for several years prior to becoming an Administrative Law Judge. While at the USITC, he regularly argued appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on behalf of the Commission, including the en banc argument of Suprema Inc. v. ITC. Cheney also served as an attorney advisor in the Commission’s Office of Administrative Law Judges and was detailed to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. He began his career as a patent examiner and served as a law clerk to Judge William Bryson at the Federal Circuit. During several years of private practice, he represented domestic and international clients in intellectual property litigation.
Cheney holds a juris doctor degree, cum laude¸ from the Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah.
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 in import trade, such as patent, trademark, and copyright infringement.