Obama nominates Silicon Valley judge to appellate court

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Posted: Feb 25, 2016 7:35 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack Obama has nominated a federal judge who has presided over patent feuds between Apple and Samsung and other major Silicon Valley fights to the nation's largest federal appellate court.

The White House announced the nomination of U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday.

Koh is based in San Jose, California, and has presided over cases involving some of Silicon Valley's biggest companies, among them the patent fight between Apple and Samsung over smartphones. Koh two years ago tossed out an effort to win class-action status for a lawsuit accusing Google of violating the privacy terms of email users. The same year, she rejected a $324 million settlement in a lawsuit alleging Google and Apple conspired with other technology companies to restrict employee recruiting.