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The Honorable Mary Pat Thygne

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Judge Mary Pat Thynge has served as a Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court of the District of Delaware since June 1992, and currently serves as its Chief Magistrate Judge since 2012. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Thynge was the managing attorney for the Wilmington office of the law firm of White & Williams. Previously, she was associated with the law firm of Biggs & Battaglia.

Judge Thynge is a member of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association, formerly served on its Board as the Third Circuit Representative, and presently is a member of its Civil/Criminal Federal Rules Review Committee and is its Membership Chair. Since 2004, she has served as Executive Editor for the Federal Courts Law Review.

Since her elevation to the bench, Judge Thynge has developed and managed the ADR program of the District Court in Delaware, and also serves as a mediator for the Federal Circuit Court. She has been actively involved in continuing legal education programs, primarily regarding ADR, the Federal and Local Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence. She has mediated over 2800 cases, of which more than 600 matters involved patent disputes. She authored the chapter Mediation: One Judge’s Perspective (Or Infusing Sanity into Intellectual Property Litigation ) in the book ADR ADVOCACY STRATEGIES AND PRACTICE FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CASES 2011 and the second edition in 2017. Judge Thynge has presided over jury and bench trials, including patent cases.