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Announcements in 2008

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will be closed on Friday, November 28, 2008, Friday, December 26, 2008, and Friday, January 2, 2009. The court's order about the closings is available at this link .

The BAR Association of the District of Columbia (BADC) will award Chief Judge Paul Michel with their Judicial Honoree of the Year Award at their 137th Annual Banquet on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at the Italian Embassy. Information is available at this link.

Chief Judge Paul Michel gave the keynote address at the first of a series of hearings held by the Federal Trade Commission on the evolving market for intellectual property. The hearing took place on Friday, December 5, 2008. A transcription of the speech is available at this link .

Chief Judge Paul Michel will give the keynote address at the first of a series of hearings to be held by the Federal Trade Commission on the evolving market for intellectual property. The hearing will take place on Friday, December 5, 2008. See the Federal Register notice and agenda for more information.

The Federal Circuit updated its Internal Operating Procedures on November 14, 2008. Earlier this year, the Federal Circuit provided to the public its proposed changes to the IOPs. After receiving several comments from the public, the court voted to approve changes to its IOPs. In addition to general changes to update the IOPs, the Federal Circuit also added two new sections in response to suggestions from the public. First, the Federal Circuit added a new paragraph at the beginning of IOP # 3 to briefly explain how cases are assigned to merits panels. Second, the Federal Circuit added to IOP # 10 a new paragraph # 5 that briefly explains how precedential opinions are circulated before issuance.

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