Court Week

Court Week – What You Need to Know

This week the Federal Circuit will convene ten panels to consider about 50 cases. This month, like last month, the court will hear all of its oral arguments telephonically given the coronavirus pandemic. Moreover, the court will hear fewer oral arguments than normal, with only about 18 cases being argued this month. Of the argued cases, only one case attracted an amicus brief.

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Opinions / Panel Activity

Opinion Summary – Immunex Corp. v. Sandoz Inc.

Recently the Federal Circuit issued its opinion in Immunex Corp. v. Sandoz Inc., a case we have been tracking because it attracted two amicus briefs. In the opinion, Judges O’Malley and Chen affirm the lower court’s ruling that Sandoz failed to prove that the patents-in-suit were invalid. Judge Reyna filed a dissenting opinion. Here is a summary of the opinion and dissent.

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Opinions

Opinions & Orders – July 3, 2020

This morning the Federal Circuit did not issue any opinions or orders given the Independence Day federal holiday. Happy Fourth of July tomorrow!

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Opinions

Opinions & Orders – July 2, 2020

This morning, the Federal Circuit issued two precedential opinions in tax and trade cases. The court also issued one nonprecedential opinion in a patent case. Here are the introductions to the opinions.

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Featured / Federal Circuit Announcement

New Federal Circuit Rules Go Into Effect Today

This morning the Federal Circuit issued an announcement reminding the public that its most recent amendments to its Rules go into effect today and apply to all cases filed or pending on or after today. Based on new provisions in the Rules, the Clerk of Court today also issued updated versions of the court’s forms, Electronic Filing ProceduresGuide for Oral Argument, and Guide for Unrepresented Parties. The Clerk also issued two notices, one establishing rates for taxation of costs and another addressing electronic filing for unrepresented parties. Here is the text of this morning’s announcement.

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Opinions

Opinions & Orders – July 1, 2020

This morning the Federal circuit issued two precedential opinions in patent cases, one precedential opinion in a vaccine case, and three nonprecedential opinions in patent cases. Here are the introductions to the opinions.

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En Banc Activity / Petitions

Recent En Banc Activity

Here is an update on recent en banc activity at the Federal Circuit. Highlights include the filing of the opening brief in National Organization of Veterans Advocates, Inc. v. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in which the Federal Circuit granted a petition for initial hearing en banc to address two questions related to jurisdiction and veterans law. As for petitions in patent cases, highlights include a new petition raising questions related to restriction requirements and patent term adjustments; a new response to a petition raising questions related to obviousness; a new invitation for a response to a petition raising questions related to injunctive relief; and the denial of three petitions raising questions related to claim construction, prevailing party status, and forum selection clauses. Here are the details.

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Opinions

Opinions & Orders – June 30, 2020

This morning the Federal Circuit issued one nonprecedential opinion in a patent case. Here is the introduction to the opinion.

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Featured / Federal Circuit Announcement

Modifications to Access Restrictions for the National Courts Building

On Friday, the Federal Circuit and Court of Federal Claims entered a joint order modifying their prior order of March 16, which limited access to the National Courts Building complex. The Federal Circuit also issued an announcement with additional information related to the order. Here are the details.

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Opinions

Opinions & Orders – June 29, 2020

This morning the Federal Circuit did not issue any opinions or orders.

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