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
October 04, 2023 1:00 PM

Presented by the Federal Circuit Bar Association® (FCBA).

October 10, 2023 2:00 PM

Summary:  In two recent cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has addressed important issues relevant to the adjudication of Contract Disputes Act (CDA) claims, with implications for future cases.  In ECC International Constructors, LLC v. Secretary of the Army (Fed. Cir. 21-2323), issued on August 22, 2023, the Court held that the “sum certain” requirement for CDA claims is not jurisdictional and although a defense challenging the lack of a sum certain remains viable, it may be forfeited if not timely raised.  And on June 6, 2023, in Department of Transportation v. Eagle Peak Rock & Paving, Inc. (Fed. Cir. No. 2021-1837), the Court confirmed that a Contracting Officer’s (CO) final decision on a claim is subject to de novo review and clarified that the CO’s subjective views are not relevant to the appeal.  Both cases may have practical consequences for how CDA cases are litigated and resolved. 

In this webinar, an expert panel of practitioners will discuss the Federal Circuit’s opinions in ECC and Eagle Peak and address their implications for litigants in future CDA cases.  The panel will also offer practical insights on the adjudication of claims and disputes under the CDA in light of recent Federal Circuit cases.

November 01, 2023 8:30 AM

Global Series 2023, part of an on-going dialogue, addresses 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.

November 15, 2023 10:00 AM

Presented by Federal Circuit Bar Association.

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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