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By order of the Chief Judge, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will be closed on Friday, November 27, 2009, Thursday, December 24 and Thursday, December 31, 2009. For purposes of computation of time and motions to enlarge time Under Fed. R. App. P. 26 and Fed. Cir. R. 26, November 27, 2009, Thursday, December 24 and Thursday, December 31, 2009, will be considered “legal holidays.”

Chief Judge Paul Michel has been chosen to be the Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Fordham Intellectual Property Institute from November 15 to 19, 2009. As a Fellow, the Chief Judge will participate in many aspects of the law school, including teaching classes and meeting with students. He will also deliver a public lecture, entitled “Innovation Incentives, Competition, and Patent Law Reform: Should Congress Fix the Patent Office and Leave Litigation Management to the Courts?" on November 18, 2009. Information about the lecture is available at this link.

Circuit Judge Raymond C. Clevenger III, Circuit Judge Arthur J. Gajarsa and Circuit Judge Sharon Prost will hear an appellate mock argument on November 14th, during the 15th Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law sponsored by the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Information at the Conference, being held in Punta Canta, Dominican Republic, is available at this link.

Chief Judge Paul Michel will give the keynote address at the ITC Trial Lawyers’ Association meeting on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington DC.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit proposes to amend its Rules. These amendments are subject to public notice and comment under 28 U.S.C. § 2071(b).

Attached for public comment are revisions to Federal Circuit Rules 1, 8, 15, 18, 21, 24, 26, 26.1, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 34, 47.3, 47.4, and 52. In addition, attached are revisions to the Practice Notes to Federal Circuit Rules 12, 15, 18, 24, 25, 27, 28, and 31. New material is underlined; stricken material is in strikethrough text.

All suggested alternatives should be submitted according to the attached "Format for Proposing Changes to Federal Circuit Rules."