2014 State of the Court Address
Judge Alan Lourie presented the State of the Court Address at the
Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Bench & Bar Conference on June 19,
2014. Click here to read his complete remarks.
The International Series 2014 - Geneva
October 20-21, 2014 - Registration for the International Series Event (in cooperation with WIPO, WTO, EPO, and the Hague Conference) in Geneva, Switzerland is now open. For more information, please visit here. The International Series explores best practices in global legal systems and how those practices--both in terms of governance and the practice of law--relate to innovation and the betterment of societies. The dialogue includes judges, business leaders, government representatives, and leading practitioners from around the globe. This community already includes Munich, Tokyo, Beijing, Berlin, Toronto, London, and Seoul. Corporate, government, judicial representatives, practitioners, and academicians share an on-going good spirited and candid discussion. Join us!
FCBA / CITBA Reception
September 11, 2014, 5:30-7:00pm - The Customs and International Trade Bar Association and the International Trade Committee of the Federal Circuit Bar Association cordially invite you to attend a reception to welcome the new Chief Judges of the Federal Circuit and the Court of International Trade. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Please register here.
Global Fellows Series
October 7-10, 2014 and March 10-13, 2015 - The Federal Circuit Bar Association is pleased to continue its Global Fellows Series. An extraordinary success, this new series intentionally promotes a higher level of international IP practice among the next generation of leaders in the global legal community. For more information on the Series and an application form, please click 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.
The Advanced Complex Litigation (ACL) Series
from the role of the Bench or the Bar, advanced complex litigation
skills (and the tools around which they are built) are the cornerstones
of the judicial system’s ability to resolve matters with efficiency and
lowest possible cost. (See “The Challenge of Delivering Justice in
Tight Fiscal Times,” above.) The ACL Series benefits from the insights
of the country’s most experienced judges and practitioners. Programs
are underway now. Click here for program dates, registration, and materials.
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.
State of Patent Litigation
The September 27, 2011 Eastern District of Texas Bench and Bar highlighted areas deserving of attention in approving trial court patent litigation. Remarks of then Chief Judge Randall Rader can be found here. Chief Judge Rader cited six important areas of focus for both Bench and Bar consideration and improvement, including the problem of excess e-discovery. A potential "Model Order on E-Discovery in Patent Cases" can be found here.
recent discussions have explored stakeholder collaboration on case management, including limiting claims and prior art, developing jury instructions, and establishing reasonable limits on e-discovery. A possible model order "Limiting Excess Patent Claims and Prior Art” can be found here.
These proposals encourage an on-going dialogue within the Federal Circuit litigation community.
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.