Although flexible to accommodate market demands and personal talents of its members, the Rader Group provides three primary services:
1) Arbitration and efficient decision-making alternatives.
2) China consulting to assist Asian companies’ entry and performance in the US market and vice versa for US companies confronting IP opportunities in Asia.
3) Educational conferences and meetings to address “cutting edge” IP topics in every world legal and economic market.
The Rader Group’s arbitration services would include standard arbitration procedures with the high expertise of the Former Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit who also broke significant legal ground as a sitting district judge. Beyond these standard services, however, the Rader Group would offer a streamlined new arbitration model that would reach reliable decisions more efficiently by using a technical and economic team to focus predominately on IP valuation. With technical and economic experts as part of the Rader Group, it could allocate available royalties amongst various IP contributors to a product or feature. This might work well in a standards setting where the courts are simply not equipped to deal with large numbers of patents. This new arbitration method could also reliably assess the IP component of any single product and clarify that lawsuit liabilities could not exceed that cap, thus providing a manufacturer with “insurance” against royalty stacking.
The China wing of the Rader Group would draw upon and include the services of Chinese-speaking experts who have spent decades living and working in China. Thus, the combined talents of the Rader Group would have the capability to propose plans that would solve corporate IP problems for both Asian and US corporations. For the Asian companies, the Group could advise on freedom-to-operate and litigation strategies that would ensure success in the US market.
Finally the Rader Group could assemble top talent to address any important IP issues in any jurisdiction in the world. These educational programs could be tailored to many varied corporate, judicial, or academic audiences around the world.
Professor Katsuya Tamai
Professor Katsuya Tamai is a counsel with the Rader Group PLLC. He is a professor of Intellectual Property Law at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) of the University of Tokyo since May 1997, and serves as a faculty member at the Economics and Law of Shinshu University since April 2014.
Professor Tamai teaches at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo and at Keio University. Being fluent in English and German, he has also lectured widely on Japanese and international IP issues. Professor Tamai is known as one of the three founders of the Todai TLO, the first and the most successful technology licensing organization in Japan established in 1998. He is also the founding director of the Non-Profitable Organization for Promotion of Research on IP (NPO PRIP Tokyo) since its establishment in 1995 and serves as a board member of the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) since 2012.
Benjamin J. Christoff
B.Ch.E., University of Dayton, Chemical Engineering
J.D., University of Dayton School of Law
LL.M., The George Washington University Law School
Benjamin is a patent lawyer who assists Judge Rader in every aspect of the Judge’s practice. Prior to joining the Rader Group, Ben gained extensive litigation experience at a national law firm which focused on trial practice. There, Ben handled matters ranging from pre-filing investigation to appeal.
While in law school, Ben completed several judicial internships, including with the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender of the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Honorable Thomas M. Rose of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the Honorable Herbert L. Stern (retired) of the Civil Division, 2d Judicial District, Denver County, CO.