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Federal Circuit Updates its Internal Operating Procedures

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The Federal Circuit updated its Internal Operating Procedures on November 14, 2008. Earlier this year, the Federal Circuit provided to the public its proposed changes to the IOPs. After receiving several comments from the public, the court voted to approve changes to its IOPs. In addition to general changes to update the IOPs, the Federal Circuit also added two new sections in response to suggestions from the public. First, the Federal Circuit added a new paragraph at the beginning of IOP # 3 to briefly explain how cases are assigned to merits panels. Second, the Federal Circuit added to IOP # 10 a new paragraph # 5 that briefly explains how precedential opinions are circulated before issuance.