Recent News on the Federal Circuit

Federal Circuit Judge Kathleen O’Malley to Retire Next March – Blake Brittain reports for Reuters about how Judge O’Malley, appointed by President Obama in 2010, will retire next March.

O’Malley Retirement Leaves Fed. Cir. With No Ex-Trial Judges – Perry Cooper also reports about Judge O’Malley’s retirement on, noting that “O’Malley is [the] court’s only former district court judge.”

Federal Circuit Nixes Appeal on Claims of Unfair Treatment by California Court in Pro Se Lawsuit Over Restrictions to Cancer Research – Steve Brachmann writes on about the Federal Circuit’s nonprecedential decision in Siegler v. Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.

Possible Vaccine Mandate for Federal Employees Raises Host of Tricky Questions, Attorneys Say – In an article on, Nicole Ogrysko writes about a 2002 Federal Circuit case, Mazares v. Department of the Navy, and how it may impact mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for the federal work force.

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Opinions & Orders – July 20, 2021

This morning the Federal Circuit released a precedential opinion in an international trade case, three nonprecedential opinions in patent cases, and two Rule 36 summary affirmances. Here are the introductions to the opinions and the links to the Rule 36 summary affirmances.

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