Chief Judge Susan G. Braden (Ret.)

Chief Judge Susan G. BradenJurist in Residence

Chief Judge Susan G. Braden is Jurist in Residence and a member of the Advisory Board at C-IP2.

From July 2003-April 2019, Judge Braden served on the United States Court of Federal Claims, which has exclusive jurisdiction over claims against the federal government for money damages, including those concerning patent and copyright infringement and government contracts. In March 2017, she was designated as Chief Judge. During her tenure, she issued 456 precedential opinions awarding over $1 billion.

Prior to joining the bench, Judge Braden litigated complex cases in federal trial and appellate courts, both in private practice and on behalf of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. Her work in intellectual property law received favorable notice in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and was featured in Interfaces on Trial, Intellectual Property In the Global Software Industry.

Following her retirement, she was appointed as a Public Member of the Administrative Conference of the U.S., the Advisory Board of the Washington Legal Foundation, the Board of Directors of the United Inventors Association, and as a Jurist In Residence at the Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy (C-IP2) at George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School.  In 2020, she was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to serve a three-year term on USPTO’s Private Patent Advisory Committee, where she is Co-Chair of the Legislative Subcommittee and a Member of the Artificial Intelligence and IT and Outreach: International & Regional Office Subcommittees. In addition, she is one of ten individuals appointed by the U.S. Trade Representative to serve for a three-year term to represent the U.S. in disputes arising under the U.S. States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. She also continues as a Judicial Advisor to the American Law Institute’s RESTATEMENT OF COPYRIGHT LAW project. In 2021, Judge Braden was named by the World IP Forum as one of the most influential women in intellectual property law.

Judge Braden currently serves on the Board of Directors of two privately held companies that create and sell computer software and artificial intelligence. In addition, she on the Board of a major construction company based in Washington, D.C. Judge Braden is also a member of the American Arbitration Association’s M&A, Intellectual Property/Technology, and Large Complex Commercial Panels and serves as an Arbitrator, Mediator, and Corporate Monitor for FEDARB.

Judge Braden received a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University and a J.D. from the School of Law. In addition, she attended Post-Graduate Courses and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and graduated from Georgetown University Business Administration Program.