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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.

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 35th Anniversary: The Bench


"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
April 15, 2020 12:00 PM

The panel will explore the complexities of today’s international trade processes and how geopolitical dynamics are shaking the stability of the past few decades. The major reordering of trade has disrupted many traditional models, including dispute resolution among countries. The speakers will also address changes to enforcement strategies, including observations on the shifting use of the ITC vs. district courts. The current coronavirus crisis will only accelerate what was already occurring in terms of disruptions to supply chains and the movement of R&D centers to countries that until recent times perhaps played little or no role in innovation development. The panel will address these shifts and the impact of the disruptions on data flows, human capital, and subsequently impacted legal strategies.

April 17, 2020 1:00 PM

In this first iteration of the FCBA Members Caucus Room, Niky Bagley, Member, Cole Schotz, P.C., and one of the Association’s Global Fellows, has offered to facilitate a conversation on how small businesses might navigate the recent COVID-19 pieces of legislation. For those interested in this conversation, please register. The FCBA Members Caucus Room discussions address topics relevant to the interests of the Circuit community and enable a shared dialogue.

April 30, 2020 3:00 PM

The Honorable Ronald Weiss, Administrative Judge, Office of Regional Operations, United States Merit Systems Protection Board

Paul DiTomasso, Attorney Advisor, Office of Appeals Counsel, United States Merit Systems Protection Board


June 17, 2020 9:00 AM
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 as of July 2016

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

PDF Download of Changes

FCBA Newsletter

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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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