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Announcements in 2016

Please be advised that the United States Court of Appeals doesn't have a Twitter account or any other social media account. We have become aware that a Twitter account was created, impersonating the Federal Circuit. We are actively working with Twitter and the authorities to deactivate the account. If you believe there is an account fraudulently operating as the Federal Circuit , please report the fictitious social media account to the Court by e-mail to chiefdeputyclerk@cafc.uscourts.gov.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will be closed on the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 25, 2016, and will close early on Friday, December 23, 2016, and Friday, December 30, 2016, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Please see the administrative closing order here. Electronic filing and the night drop box for paper filing will both remain available until midnight for filings due December 23, 2016 and December 30, 2016.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit proposes to amend its Local Rules. These amendments are subject to public notice and comment under 28 U.S.C. § 2071(b). The proposed amendments are in response to various revisions to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP), effective December 1, 2016. Those FRAP amendments are available here. This court’s proposed revisions to the FRAP amendments and the revisions to this court’s Federal Circuit Rules are available here. The proposed revisions to the Federal Circuit Rules will change page limitations to word limitations for various documents submitted to the court, if those documents were prepared using a computer. One notable exception is that the court has voted to retain the previous word limitation for merits briefs, i.e., the traditional 14,000/7,000 word limitations, rather than the smaller amount proposed by the new FRAP amendments. New material is underlined; deleted material is in strikethrough text. Additionally, in a few instances, provisions of the FRAP have been stricken to indicate that local rules apply. In all other aspects, the revised FRAP rules will apply. These revisions will apply to cases docketed on or after December 1, 2016.

Comments and suggested changes by members of the public may be submitted to chiefdeputyclerk@cafc.uscourts.gov with a subject line of: PROPOSED RULES COMMENTS. Please also include the name and return email address (if different than the address from which the email comment is sent) of the person submitting the comment. For members of the public that do not have access to email, comments and suggested changes may also be submitted by mail to: Proposed Rules Comments, Clerk of Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 717 Madison Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20439. All comments must be received by close of business on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has amended Practice Notes 27 and 28. Federal Circuit Rules 27(m) and 28(d) limit the amount of material that can be marked as confidential. The modifications to the Practice Notes require the filing party to submit a certificate of compliance with confidentiality requirements.  Form 31 is available as a suggested form for compliance with this rule.

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 48, six panels of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in Los Angeles on October 4 and 5 and in Orange County on October 6. In accordance with routine practice, the names of the panel judges will not be released prior to the morning of scheduled arguments.

The schedule and location of the panels is as follows:

Tuesday, October 4

Panel A: 10:00 a.m.
USC Gould School of Law
Ackerman Courtroom
699 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(213) 740-7331

Panel B: 10:00 a.m.
Pepperdine University School of Law
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
(310) 506-4611

Wednesday, October 5

Panel C: 10:00 a.m.
Loyola Law School
The Robinson Courtroom      
919 Albany Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 736-1000

Panel D: 10:00 a.m.
UCLA School of Law
A. Barry Capello Courtroom
385 Charles E. Young Drive E
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-4841

Thursday, October 6

Panel E: 2:00 p.m.
UC Irvine School of Law
Mark P. Robinson, Jr. Courtroom
401 East Peltason Drive
Irvine, CA 92697
(949) 824-0066

Panel F: 2:00 p.m.
Chapman University Fowler School of Law
Appellate Courtroom
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 997-6815