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The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's Mediation Program has issued statistical reports of its activites for the fourth quarter and calendar year 2008 .

On February 2, 2009, the Court began posting electronic versions of orders processed through the Office of the Senior Staff Attorney (SSA) on or after January 30, 2009. To search for orders, click here. Most orders processed through SSA will now include an electronic signature of the Clerk of the Court rather than a handwritten signature. If an order was approved or authored by a judge or panel of judges, the order will include the name of that judge or judges.

Circuit Judge Randall Rader will give the keynote address at the 2009 Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal Symposium on January 30, 2009. This day-long symposium will take place at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California. Registration information is available at this link.

The Chief Judge will present “Views from the Federal Circuit” as part of the morning plenary session titled “The Legislative Agenda for the 111th Congress–Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks.” Information about the program is available at this link .

Due to snowstorms, Chief Judge Paul Michel was prevented from traveling to Puerto Rico to deliver a scheduled speech to the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel on January 28, 200. The speech as prepared for delivery was, however, distributed to attendees at the annual meeting of ACPC. In anticipation of a new patent reform bill in the Senate and in response to the on-going FTC hearings, the speech concerns what adjustments in patent litigation may still need legislative intervention even after landmark decisions since the 2003 FTC report by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and in view of new empirical information available.

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