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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)

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

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 3:00 PM

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board recently published an update to the Patent Trial Practice Guide for Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs) and other AIA proceedings conducted before the PTAB.  This webinar will discuss the changes made in the Trial Practice Guide, the implications of those changes, how those changes affect strategies for Petitioners and patent owners, and what further changes might be expected in the future.

Monday, December 03, 2018 3:00 PM

This panel will discuss new strategies for petitioners and patent owners facing the same claim construction standard in the PTAB and district court, including new timing considerations, issue preclusion and judicial estoppel risks, dealing with “indefiniteness,” stays of district court actions, and mandatory disclosures of earlier constructions.

Thursday, December 06, 2018 3:00 PM

This panel will explore the different career paths and opportunities in intellectual property, beyond private practice. From government, to in-house, and beyond, this webcast aims to educate young attorneys who are interested in IP about the opportunities available to them by highlighting the career trajectories of other IP attorneys.

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 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

Transitions: The Profession and Next Generations


Good spirited and collaborative approaches to transitions in the legal profession’s leadership are key to the profession’s continued health and service. Fashioning those approaches engages the bench, the bar, and the clients. Successful transition benefits the justice system through shared experience, opportunity, and growth. In this high-interest 2016 series, judges, litigators, and corporate counsel drill deeply into how all sectors of the justice delivery system are addressing this core need. Judicial roles and techniques, client interests (with respect both to the courtroom and to the board room), litigation skills and economics are among the contributing considerations. The Association is pleased to work with other organizations in this outreach, including the principal relationship with CHiPs. For district court orders encouraging Next Generation advocacy opportunities (generously compiled by CHiPs) see here and here.

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