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Announcements in 2011

The Federal Circuit will hold a Judicial Conference on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC. More details and registration information will be made available later this year.

The Federal Circuit issued an order on April 8, 2011, announcing that it will remain open for business and will be fully staffed in the event of a government shutdown.

The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna became a member of the Federal Circuit on Thursday afternoon, April 7th, at a swearing-in ceremony in the chambers of Chief Judge Randall Rader, who administered the oath of office. Judge Reyna was accompanied by his wife, Dolores Reyna and his sons, Justin and Jimmie Reyna. Chief Judge Pogue of the U.S. Court of International Trade, Chief Judge Folsom and Judge Davis of the Eastern District of Texas, Diana Sen, President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, Bill Rivera, President of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia and Jim Meath, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Williams Mullen also attended. Circuit Judges attending the ceremony included Judge Newman, Judge Plager, Judge Lourie, Judge Schall, Judge Bryson, Judge Clevenger, Judge Gajarsa, Judge Linn and his wife Patti Linn, Judge Dyk and his wife Sally Katzen, Judge Prost, Judge Moore and Judge O’Malley. Also present were Deputy Circuit Executive Dale Bosley, Chief Deputy Clerk Pam Twiford, Deputy Clerk James Benjamin and Seth Heller, Bill Raich, Charlin Lu, Lindsay Hopkins, Trish Taylor, Jinrong Li and Pat Grob, members of the Chief Judge's staff. Shannon Chambers, a staff member of the Clerk's Office, took photographs. Judge Reyna was nominated to the court by President Barack Obama on September 29, 2010, renominated on January 5, 2011 and confirmed by the Senate on April 4, 2011.


Circuit Judge Jimmie V. Reyna is sworn in by Chief Judge Rader. Dolores Reyna, Judge Reyna's wife, holds the Bible.


Circuit Judge Jimmie Reyna stands center accompanied by friends, family and colleagues.

A Joint Judicial Conference will be held in Tokyo on October 25 to 27, 2011*, with judges from the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and judges from the Tokyo Intellectual Property High Court as part of the 2011 International Series scheduled this year in Tokyo, Munich, and Stuttgart. 

The general schedule of the Joint Judicial Conference are available in English and Japanese.

The purpose of judges from the United State Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and judges from the Tokyo Intellectual Property High Court participating in a Joint Judicial Conference is —



 to create a mutually supportive setting for identifying and discussing the best practices in litigating intellectual property issues;


   to improve the effectiveness of legal protection for, use of, and enforcement of intellectual property rights through the adjudication of those rights;


 to explore international cooperative efforts and recent trends affecting intellectual property rights, particularly patents;


 to promote equitable and harmonized international development of intellectual property rights; and



to develop the professional skills and knowledge of participating judges and staff through information sharing and exchange.

The conference will include participation by government representatives, public policy makers, business leaders, and private practitioners from around the world who will exchange ideas, discuss best practices, and evaluate evolving trends and developments in intellectual property rights. 

Begun in November 2010, the International Series looks for the “best practices in legal systems” worldwide and “how those practices—both in terms of governance and the practice of law—relate to innovation and the betterment of societies.”  On November 19, 2010, the International Series supported a meeting in Washington, D.C., of judges from the People's Republic of China, Germany, and Japan as well as government leaders, circuit judges, and experienced practitioners from the United States to address concepts, theories, and approaches of interest to those involved in litigating and deciding patent-related issues. 

The 2011 International Series is supported by the United States Department of Commerce, the United States Patent & Trademark Office, the Federal Circuit Bar Association, the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations, the Japan Patent Attorney Association, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the German Patent and Trademark Office, the Licensing Executives Society—Germany, and others.

*The original conference dates of May 11-13, initially rescheduled to August 29 to September 1, have been rescheduled as of May 2, 2011.