The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has amended its mediation program by adopting Federal Circuit Rule 33.1 and revising the Mediation Guidelines. New Federal Circuit Rule 33.1 is appended here. The revised Guidelines are appended here. The Guidelines have been extensively revised and so should be read in their entirety.
On October 3, 2005, the court initiated an Appellate Mediation Program by an administrative order. The program is now authorized by Federal Circuit Rule 33.1, effective December 6, 2013, and is operated in accordance with the Guidelines, last revised on December 6, 2013. The Circuit Executive now oversees the Mediation Program and the Office of General Council conducts case screening to identify eligible cases. Selected cases are referred to a volunteer mediator. The court has approved a list of individuals to serve as volunteer mediators. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer mediator is encouraged to apply. FAQs about volunteer mediatiors are available here.
In addition to the documents already mentioned, the following forms can be printed or completed on-line:
Statistics from the Circuit Mediation Office
Below are tables of the activities of the Circuit Mediation Office including number of appeals brought into mediation, number of appeals settled (both patent and non-patent) and success rates, for calendar years 2007 to the present.
Mediated Non-Patent Cases: 2010-2014
For questions concerning the court's Mediation Program, call (202) 275-8120.
& Clerk of Court
Circuit Mediation Administrator
Court of Appeals