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
December 01, 2022 1:00 PM

Summary:On September 16, 2011, Congress ushered in new proceedings to allow petitioners to contest the patentability of issued patents.  Inter Partes Reviews and Post-Grant Reviews are now common, and the impact on adversarial proceedings in the district courts, the International Trade Commission, and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has been dramatic.  From the initial hesitant use of IPRs and PGRs, to the full-throttle use affecting litigation, IPRs and PGRs are a part of our adversarial system.  The webinar will look backwards and provide an update of the use of IPRs and PGRs, the recent actions of the Director, and the prospect for post-grant proceedings in the future.

December 07, 2022 3:00 PM

Summary: The Membership Committee is hosting a discussion on career paths for new members and junior attorneys.  Please join us in a discussion with Patrick Holvey, an attorney at the DOJ who clerked at the Federal Circuit, and Stephanie Roberts, an attorney at a general practice law firm.  The panelists will discuss their career paths and tips for following in their footsteps.

December 08, 2022 1:00 PM

Summary: Panelists will discuss recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit litigation and the passage of the PACT Act.

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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Fastcase Information

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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