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Announcements in 2011

An historic event occurred on October 26 and 27, 2011 at the Hotel Okura in Tokyo, Japan, when the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Japan Intellectual Property High Court sat together en banc at  the Joint Judicial Conference on Japan and United States Intellectual Property Rights. 

The historic panel consisted of Chief Judge Randall R. Rader, and Circuit Judges Arthur J. Gajarsa, Richard Linn, Timothy B. Dyk, Sharon Prost, and Kimberly Moore from the Federal Circuit, and  Chief Judge Tetsuhiro Nakano and Presiding Judges Toshiaki Iimura, Shuhei Shiotsuki, Takaomi Takizawa, Tamotsu Shoji, and Yasuhito Inoue from the Japan Intellectual Property High Court. 

This first-ever meeting of the two courts sitting en banc at the Joint Judicial Conference was witnessed by more than 800 judges, lawyers, and corporate counsels from the United States and Japan. 

The en banc meeting of judges from the two courts was one of a number of  sessions held over three days led by American and Japanese moderators and speakers who discussed intellectual property issues of mutual interests with panelists and audience members.

The Conference is noteworthy because it is the first time that national courts from two nations have sat in an en banc session and  answered questions from a moderator and the audience on a wide range of intellectual property issues. 

The joint session also is significant because it is the first time judges from the Japan Intellectual High Property Court have met in a conference setting with members of the local Japanese bar associations or with Japanese lawyers who practice before the Court.

A detailed account of the conference is available here.


Chief Judge Rader has appointed three new members to serve on the court’s Advisory Council.  The appointments became effective on October 1, 2011.  The new members appointed to three-year terms are Blair Taylor, Mike McKool and Raymond Chen.  In addition, Chief Judge Rader appointed Joseph Re and Meredith Addy, current members of the Advisory Council, to a new three-year term.

Chief Judge Rader and the court express their gratitude and appreciation to two members of the Advisory Council whose terms expired on September 30, 2011:  Ronald Smith and Richard Stanley.

Chief Judge Rader takes great pleasure in welcoming the new members to the Advisory Council, and conveys his heartfelt thanks to the members who are leaving the Advisory Council after their many years of dedicated and committed service to the Council and the court.

Speaking on the topic of  "The Changing Federal Circuit", Circuit Judge Alan D. Lourie gave the Fall 2011 A. Sidney Katz Lecture at The George Washington University Law School on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. The lecture, held several times a year, was endowed in 2008 by Katz, a practicing IP attorney. Katz envisioned a lecture series that would draw prominent attorneys, judges and legal scholars to the university to discuss how changes to patent law could affect intellectual property assets.

Hispanic Business Magazine has named Circuit Judge Jimmie V. Reyna as one of its' 100 Influential Hispanics. Sharing the Government section with Judge Reyna is a Senator, a Governor and a Rear Admiral. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit congratulates Judge Reyna on this honor. The Hispanic Business Magazine is available online.

The Judicial Conference of the United States approved changes to the miscellaneous fee schedule for courts of appeals pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1913 effective November 1, 2011.  In this letter, issued by Clerk of Court Jan Horbaly, current and approved new fees are detailed.