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Welcome to the Federal Circuit Bar Association, a network crossing the regional, national, and global Federal Circuit community. Facilitated by the Federal Circuit Bar Association Charitable & Educational Fund, members have access to the most unique and comprehensive set of opportunities available in the Federal Circuit community.

The Association’s benefits and resources provide our members opportunity to join many different administrative and substantive committees, access and contribute to the Association’s publications, engage in pro bono activities, collaborate with other bar associations and law schools, and attend webcasts and receive CLE credits (in applicable states). Members have the benefit to attend the Association’s live programs at a reduced registration rate, including at our renowned Annual Bench & Bar Conference.

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"Are You Ready For NextGen CM/ECF?"

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will be implementing the next generation of the federal judiciary’s case management and electronic case filing system, NextGen CM/ECF, on March 19, 2018. 

Are You Read For NexGen CM/ECF?": Webcast Audio (MP3)

Educational Materials: Program Booklet (PDF), Program PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

Upcoming Events
December 14, 2021 3:00 PM

Summary: Federal grants and cooperative agreements make up a sizeable portion of the U.S. government’s annual discretionary spending—rivaling the amount the government spends annually on procurement contracts.  The importance of the assistance that the U.S. government provides with these agreements also is considerable and broad, ranging in objectives from scientific development and funding for key research and development projects, to foreign policy and funding of international development projects, to encouragement of domestic social programs. Procurement contracts might serve similar objectives, but grants and cooperative agreements, but their award, administration, and structure are quite different than the award, administration, and structure of procurement contracts. These differences also make grant litigation very different from procurement litigation, and the ability of recipients to seek relief from disputes or allegations of mistreatment may be considerably truncated in some circumstances. 

May 11, 2022 3:00 PM

 

June 15, 2022 9:00 AM

The 2022 Bench & Bar® Virtual Conference will be held in person from Wednesday, June 15 – Saturday, June 18, 2022, at the Sea Island Resort, Sea Lsland, GA, and will feature an extensive, coordinated, effort to discuss the important issues confronting the Federal Circuit community. 

Attendees will be able to access the flagship Bench & Bar® sessions in-person and remotely, and explore leading-edge matters across the national Circuit. Attendees will also able to gain insights from adjudicators, government policy makers, leaders, top private practitioners, and others, via panel discussions, Q&A sessions, and unique, networking opportunities.

Panelists will include star appellate practitioners, Federal Circuit, government, and district judges, and corporate lawyers who are experts in their respective fields.

Model Patent Local Rules

Created June 2017

The Association has adopted these Model Patent Local Rules with the intent that they may serve as a useful guide and be flexibly evaluated in light of the trial court’s discretion and the circumstances of a particular case.

To submit comments on these Rules, please email them to modelpatentrules@fedcirbar.org.

 

PDF Download of Rules

Model Patent Jury Instructions

Updated May 2020

Offering a comprehensive resource and structured in "plain English," judges and lawyers will find these instructions key resources and ready for tailoring to the particular case.

 

PDF Download of Instructions

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Foley & Lardner Helps Small Business Owner Obtain Patent Through FCBA's Pro Bono Program


Foley & Lardner LLP is proud to assist pro bono inventors through the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s (FCBA) regional pro bono program.

Inventor and entrepreneur Mary Burrell of Richmond, Va., applied for assistance through the FCBA, and Foley’s Washington, D.C. office recently helped her secure her first patent.

Read the full article here.  

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