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 implemented 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
March 30, 2023 1:00 PM

Summary: Recent years have seen significant developments in the law regarding the degree of deference to be given to the actions and decisions of administrative agencies. In light of the Federal Circuit’s unique docket, questions of agency deference have particular relevance to Federal Circuit practitioners.  A panel of experienced appellate specialists drawn from both within government and from the private bar will provide an overview of developments in this area, both at the Federal Circuit and more broadly, and will offer perspectives on the implications of increased scrutiny of agency action. 

April 04, 2023 3:00 PM

Summary: Damages continue to be one of the most significant issues affecting the risk profile and outcome of patent cases, and the legal landscape continues to change.  This panel will discuss the latest developments in the law of damages, and also offer practical advice from practitioners and in-house counsel on choosing damages experts, working with damages experts on their reports, and complying with rules on disclosing damages contentions.  The panel also will explore the latest trends in Rule 702 motions that challenge damages methodologies, including the proposed amendments to Rule 702 and their potential impact on challenges to damages methodologies. Finally, the panel will compare the damages models and theories in patent and trade secrets cases, and consider theories that have recently emerged to support large jury verdicts in both patent and trade secret cases.

April 20, 2023 8:30 AM

Global Series 2023, part of an on-going dialogue, address topics of global significance at a senior level of discussion. Working closely with government representatives, adjudicators, corporate leaders, litigation leaders, academics, and others in the global community, the Series responds, in real time, to emerging challenges.

June 28, 2023 9:00 AM

The 2023 Bench & Bar® Conference is celebrating its 25th Anniversary from Wednesday, June 28 – Saturday, July 1, 2023, at The Broadmoor, in Colorado Springs, CO.  The Conference will feature an extensive, coordinated, effort to discuss the important issues confronting the Federal Circuit community. This year, registrants will also be able to attend the 2023 Women in the Law Summit, on Wednesday, June 28!

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

Updated February 2022

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.

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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