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
January 31, 2023 3:00 PM
February 01, 2023 2:00 PM

Summary: The MSPB has a new initiative to facilitate settlement in some of the numerous cases pending on petition for review (PFR) as a result of the long period without a quorum. The new program, called the PFR Rapid Assessment Mediation Program, focuses on cases in which a change in the law or circumstances suggests a path to a mediated resolution. This new initiative is in addition to the Board’s well-established Mediation Appeals Program. Settlement of Federal employment disputes before the Board has been made easier by the rescission of the Executive Order limiting clean-record settlements. This program will discuss the Board’s settlement efforts and the use of clean-record settlements before the MSPB. Judge Alexander and Judge Bohlen coordinate the Board’s two settlement programs.

February 10, 2023 1:00 PM

Summary: As the forum with appellate jurisdiction over most disputes between contractors and the Federal Government, the Federal Circuit has addressed a range of important issues over the last year.  These include standing and waiver issues in bid protests, size considerations for small businesses, interpreting the terms of a contract, the scope of the jurisdiction under the Contract Disputes Act, the relationship between allegations of fraud and traditional contract disputes, and the allowability of costs under the Federal Acquisition Regulation cost principles.  Join us for a discussion about the court’s decisions on these and other topics over the last year.

February 21, 2023 1:00 PM

Summary: With the Supreme Court poised to take up Section 112 issues, the panel will review the current state of section 112 issues in ANDA and biologics litigation, and discuss where we will go from here.

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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