Court Room Setting
Sharon Prost
Chief Judge
Daniel E. O’Toole

Circuit Executive
& Clerk of Court


Federal Circuit Announces Rules Changes Effective December 1, 2007

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has issued a Dear Reader Letter regarding changes to the court's rules. Effective December 1, 2007, Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 25 has been amended.View the amended rule here . Incorporated into the notice at page two is a correction to Federal Circuit Rule 28(e), revised to eliminate the requirement to include in briefs parallel citations to United States Patents Quarterly.

Print Copies of Final Opinions and Tapes of Oral Arguments Are Now Available

Oral argument tapes and copies of final opinions are still available from the court's Administrative Services Office. Final opinions and audio recordings of oral arguments, however, are available for free on the court's website. Opinions are available the day they are released. Oral arguments are available within 24 hours of when the argument is heard. Any questions may be referred to Mr. Ronald McGruder at 202-312-3467.


Federal Circuit Has Changed Its Web Page Address and Domain Name as of October 1, 2007

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has relocated its Internet Web page to its own in-house servers. As part of this process, the court's Web page address and domain name was changed to on October 1, 2007. Please direct any questions to the CAFC Webmaster at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Senior Judge Plager Writes about the Federal Circuit's 25th Anniversary

Senior Judge Plager dicusses the consequences of the visibility,significance and impact of the court in an article titled "The Price of Popularity: The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 2007". The article appears in the American University Law Review, volume 56, issue number 4.



Chief Judge Delivers State of the Court Message on June 28, 2007

Chief Judge Paul Michel pronounces the state of the Court to be, “very good”, in his State of the Court message to the 9th Federal Circuit Bar Association Bench & Bar Conference on June 28, 2007 in Cambridge, Maryland.


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