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As part of the Federal Circuit’s response to public health guidance to minimize the risk of community transmission of COVID-19 in the United States, the court is proceeding with arguments scheduled for the April 2020 sitting as follows.  Some of the cases are being removed from the argument calendar and will be submitted on the briefs.  In cases remaining on the argument calendar, if counsel for either party is located outside the National Capital area, the argument will be conducted by telephonic conference at the date and time previously scheduled.  In cases scheduled for argument where counsel for both parties are local, as of now, the court plans to proceed with in-person argument as previously scheduled.  Parties in all cases will be notified individually as to how we plan to proceed in their case. 

According to established practice, the court will release same-day audio for all arguments on its website (available at http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/oral-argument-recordings).  The court will continue to provide updated information to litigants and the public as the situation develops.

The Federal Circuit continues to monitor the national and National Capital Area response and planning relating to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). At this time, the Federal Circuit is following recommended guidelines from public health officials and preparedness guidance from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.  Currently, there has been no adjustment in court operations.  The court will provide additional information to litigants and the public should there be a change to that status.

The Clerk’s Office phone support and public service counter will be unavailable in the National Courts Building on Thursday, March 12, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern).  During this period, only courier deliveries will be accepted at the Clerk's Office.  Electronic filing will remain available.

The Clerk’s Office is pleased to announce that, as of Friday, February 28, 2020, all public services, including counsel argument check-in and public filings and deliveries, have returned to fourth floor of the National Courts Building following an extended renovation period.  Counsel participating in the March court session should plan to check-in on the fourth floor.  All Clerk’s Office phone lines remain the same.

Due to an extended maintenance window for the court’s electronic filing system (CM/ECF), the CM/ECF system will be unavailable on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Eastern).  While the system may be available for intermittent accessing of documents, filers should not attempt to file any new documents with the court during this maintenance window.