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Announcements in 2011

The Federal Circuit Advisory Council has drafted and adopted this Model Order governing e-discovery.  This Model Order is offered to aid trial courts in the exercise of their discretion in crafting orders tailored to the facts and circumstances of each case.  The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has not approved the specific language of the posted Model Order.

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will be closed on Friday, November 25, 2011, Friday, December 23, 2011, and Friday, December 30, 2011. The court's order about the closings is available at this link.

On November 3, 2011, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will honor the distinguished life and career of Circuit Judge Daniel M. Friedman, who was a member of the court from October 1, 1982 until his death on July 6, 2011.  The Special Session will be held in Courtroom 201 at 3:00 in the afternoon.    All are welcome to join the court family in honoring this respected jurist. Please see the invitation  for details and to RSVP.  Please note that the deadline for RSVPs is October 26, 2011.

Chief Judge Randall Rader, Circuit Judge Richard Linn, Circuit Judge Kathleen O'Malley, Circuit Judge Jimmie Reyna and Circuit Mediator James Amend will participate in the 2011 Eastern District of Texas Bench and Bar Conference from September 25 to 27, 2011 in Las Colinas, Texas. Among the topics to be discussed are "Judicial Economy versus De Novo Review in Claim Construction", "The Ethics of Advocacy", "Emerging Management Techniques & Tradeoffs in Multiple Party Cases", "Corporate Counsel: Views of ED Texas, Federal Circuit and Judicial Patent Reform", and "Settlement Perspectives: Impediments to Resolution of IP & Other Complex Cases". Click here for the conference schedule. Registration is available here .


  • We have a dedicated team of 15 court personnel who are diligently working in the areas of development, testing, training, and project management to ensure the Federal Circuit provides a state-of-the-art Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system for the bench and the bar.
  • The CM/ECF team will develop various mechanisms for training on e-filing; electronic learning modules, user guides and a practice ECF database.
  • Registration for electronic case filing is now open.  Click here to go to the CM/ECF Webpage.
  • The Federal Circuit is on target to implement CM/ECF in May 2012!
  • Please check back for more updates on the Federal Circuit’s implementation of CM/ECF!    Thank you!