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Upcoming Major Regional Programs
February 11, 2016 Patent Litigation Complexity – Bench and Bar Newark, New Jersey

Experienced corporate and litigation practitioners reveal key elements of Supreme Court and other decisions and, with the Bench, explore practice rules and effective advocacy.  Registration and Information here.

February 26, 2016 – Recent developments at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and Patent Litigation Complexity
– Santa Clara, CA

Corporate and litigation counsel, as well as trial and appellate levels, explore recent changes at PTAB in addition to the requirements for successful patent advocacy. Registration and Information here.

Welcome To New Circuit Judge Kara F. Stoll
The Honorable Kara F. Stoll took the oath of office in a private ceremony at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2015, in the chambers of Chief Judge Sharon Prost. Judge Stoll fills the only vacancy on the on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and is the court's twelfth active circuit judge. Judge Stoll was nominated by President Obama on November 12, 2014, and she was confirmed by a 95 to 0 vote of the U.S. Senate on July 7, 2015.  More information can be found on the Court's website, here.

Membership in the FCBA
The Association can help you stay informed about the latest precedent from the Federal Circuit, trends in the development of the law, as well as other court-related information. Your membership will provide you with the Journal's insightful articles, case summaries, the Newsletter's updates,
and materials from past conferences as well as discounts to events and complimentary webcast attendance. For more information on benefits, please go here.


AIA PTO Pro Bono Program
The Association is pleased to announce its new national and regional pro bono outreach in the patent community. In these roles, the FCBA advances its commitment to supporting pro bono and to encouraging innovation. Interested unrepresented inventors and attorneys will find this outreach to include significant new opportunities. For more details, click here.

On August 4, 2015, the White House published a press release announcing that the USPTO Patent Pro Bono Program now covers all 50 states.  To view the press release, visit the White House's website here.

FCBA Jury Instructions
Important!  The Association patent jury instructions have recently been revised as of May 2014.  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.  The instructions are available in pdf format here, with the changes from the previous version visible here.

FCBA Jury Instructions Suggestions
The 2014 FCBA Model Patent Jury Instructions provide a revised instruction on willful infringement See Section B.3 Infringement (3.8 Willful Infringement.)  The revisions were prompted by excellent suggestions from our readers.  Please submit comments using this form.


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