San Jose-based U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, who in recent years has become the most influential judge in Silicon Valley, is expected to soon be nominated to the nation's largest federal appeals court, according to lawyers and judges familiar with the White House vetting process.
The Obama administration is expected this month to nominate Koh to fill a spot on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which shapes federal law for California and eight other Western states. The 47-year-old Koh, best known for presiding over the Apple v. Samsung patent feud and legal claims against Silicon Valley tech powers over illegal hiring practices, has spent nearly six years on the Bay Area federal bench.
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