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
October 26, 2021 1:00 PM

Please join us for this session of the Fall 2021 Global Series. The complete session listing can be found at:

October 28, 2021 11:00 AM

Summary: This panel will address breaking global developments related to Artificial Intelligence (AI), recent German patent law reforms, and the Unified Patent Court (UPC).  On AI, the panel will address inventorship issues and the DABUS decisions in the US, Europe, Australia and South Africa. The panel will address patentability standards for AI-implemented inventions. On the German patent law reforms, the panel will discuss the potential impact of the reforms on the "injunction gap" and compare the codified "proportionality test" to injunction standards in other leading jurisdictions around the world.  On the UPC, the panel will discuss the recent ratifications by Germany and Slovenia and review the next steps towards implementation, as well as how the UPC may be used in the context of global patent litigation.

Please join us for this session of the Fall 2021 Global Series. The complete session listing can be found at:

November 04, 2021 11:00 AM

Please join us for this session of the Fall 2021 Global Series. The complete session listing can be found at:

November 09, 2021 11:30 AM

The 2021 United States Merit Systems Protection Board Summit will be presented by the Federal Circuit Bar Association® in a virtual format.

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

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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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