Text Size:

-A A +A

You are here

Announcements in 2011


  • Design and development of the Federal Circuit's case management system is well underway.
  • The electronic case filing component is in the early stages of development.
  • Research, design, and development of the Federal Circuit's CM/ECF system is complex, challenging, and time-consuming.
  • A dedicated team of 15 court staff are building a state of the art CM/ECF system for easy access and use by the bench and the bar.
  • The completion date for the Federal Circuit's CM/ECF system is May 2012.

 As announced earlier this year, judges of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will join with judges of the Tokyo Intellectual Property High Court at a Joint Judicial Conference on October 26-27, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to en banc sessions of the courts, there will be a panel discussion about the contributions of each court to its nation, as well as a mock appellate argument before judges of both courts. Topical sessions on important issues in patent law, with panelists of judges and practitioners will also be presented. 
The complete program is available HERE
REGISTRATION is now open for the conference. The registration deadline is Friday, October 14, 2011. 

The Honorable Glenn L. Archer, Jr., died at Friendship Village’s Hospice of the Valley in Tempe, Arizona on July 27, 2011. Chief Judge Rader, in a message to the court announcing Judge Archer’s death said: “ Glenn was our third Chief Judge and the first Chief Judge of our court to start his judicial career with the Federal Circuit.  He led our court through some of our most challenging transitional years.  When we recall Glenn, we will speak of his magnificent service including his tenure as our Chief Judge, but we will mostly remember that his heart was grand enough to comprehend the hardships and challenges of every person he encountered.  His great compassion made him a great judge and a great leader.”

Judge Archer was appointed to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Ronald Reagan and assumed duties as Circuit Judge on December 23, 1985.  He became Chief Judge on March 18, 1994, and served in that capacity until December 24, 1997, when he assumed senior status.  While in senior status, Judge Archer continued to serve on the Federal Circuit and often sat by designation with the Ninth Circuit in both Pasadena and San Francisco, California.

Prior to his twenty-five years on the court, Judge Archer served as Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, United States Department of Justice from 1982 to 1984. During his time in private practice, Judge Archer was an associate in the Washington, DC law firm of Hamel, Park, McCabe and Saunders from 1956 to1960 and a partner from 1960 to 1981.  Judge Archer served as First Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General's Office, United States Air Force from 1954 to 1956. He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1951 and a J.D., with honors, from George Washington University Law School in 1954.

Circuit Judge Richard Linn will receive the inaugural 2011 Mark T. Banner Award on August 6, 2011 at the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law Luncheon to be held during the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada.  The award was established to recognize individuals who have made an impact on IP law and practice through extraordinary contributions to teaching, scholarship, innovation or the judiciary.

Latino Leaders Magazine has recognized the achievements of Circuit Judge Jimmie V. Reyna with his inclusion in the List of the Most Influential Leaders in the Latino Community, published in the June 2011 issue of the magazine. Judge Reyna is recognized as the first Latino appointed to the Federal Circuit, and for having received the Ohtli Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Mexican Government to a non-Mexican citizen.