Welcome to the Federal Circuit Bar Association


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.


"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
September 25, 2020 10:00 AM

Recognizing the challenges of 2020, the Global Series session in the Fall of 2020 has moved to a virtual setting. Panels will take place from late September through early December on current hot topics in the international community.

December 03, 2020 3:00 PM

Summary: Pro Bono cases often provide unique opportunities for junior or less experienced attorneys to obtain substantive "on your feet" experience.  The legal industry has increasingly emphasized the importance of pro bono matters in gaining this invaluable experience.

Hear from a panel of advocates who landed their first oral arguments from pro bono representation.  Learn how that experience has helped shape their practice, honed their advocacy skills, and landed them more client-facing or billable opportunities.  Having trouble finding pro bono opportunities with oral advocacy potential?  Learn how to take on a case in a new area of pro bono law, what resources are available to you, and how your firm or organization can get involved!

The panel's pro bono experience includes cases and arguments before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, D.C. Circuit, 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 9th Circuits, spanning many practice areas, including veterans, MSPB, immigration, criminal law, habeas corpus petitions, copyright, and family law.

This Federal Circuit Bar Association® Horizons Series Webcast is being presented in collaboration with the Federal Bar Association®, as well as the FCBA's Veterans Pro Bono Committee, and the Government Employees Pro Bono Committee.

December 15, 2020 1:00 PM

The Federal Circuit Clerk’s Office is on the forefront of applying and implementing the Federal Circuit’s Rules of Practice. The FCBA is therefore proud to host Peter R. Marksteiner, the Circuit Executive and Clerk of Court, and Jarrett B. Perlow, the Chief Deputy Clerk, for an informative and engaging discussion of the Federal Circuit’s Rules. The program will cover the implementation of the July 2020 amendments to the Federal Circuit Rules and practices, as well as provide guidance on common issues and questions arising under the Rules.

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


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

FCBA Newsletter

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Fastcase Information

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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