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Judge Arthur J. Gajarsa will be one of the keynote speakers at the 5th Annual Patent & the Financial Services Industry Conference on July 30, 2008 in New York City. Judge Gajarsa's topic will be "Insights into Federal Circuit Interactions with the Supreme Court, Congress & the USPTO." Conference details are no longer available online.

Judge S. Jay Plager will be the luncheon speaker at George Mason University School of Law’s ‘Hot Topics in Patent Law’ seminar on July 21, 2008 in Arlington,VA. Judge Plager's topic will be "Hot Topics -- Looking Ahead." Details of the program, co-sponsored by Banner & Witcoff, LTD, can be found at this link .

Judges of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will participate in the 10th Annual Bench & Bar Conference sponsored by the Federal Circuit Bar Association from June 25 to 28, 2008 in Monterey, California. Programs that include Federal Circuit Judges are: on the 26th, remarks by Chief Judge Michel on the State of the Court and a description of the Circuit Mediation Program by Chief Circuit Mediator James A. Amend; on the 27th, Judge Moore moderates a panel discussion titled "Perspectives of Technology and Innovation: The Trial Courts' View", Chief Judge Michel and Judges Rader, Linn, and Prost participate in a panel discussion titled "Perspectives on Technology and Innovation: Thoughts from the Circuit Level", and Judges Newman and Mayer participate in a round table discussion titled "Circuit and Trial Dialogue".

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a notice on June 20, 2008 announcing proposed amendments to its Internal Operating Procedures (IOP). The proposed IOPs are available here . Note that revised material is shown in green, stricken material is shown by strikethrough, and new material is underlined. These amendments are subject to public notice and comment under 28 U.S.C. § 2071(b). Those planning to submit comments on the proposed changes must follow the format set out in the "Format for Proposing Changes to Federal Circuit Rules & IOPs” available here . Public comments are due by July 18, 2008.

Addressing attendees at the court’s Judicial Conference, Chief Judge Paul R. Michel affirmed that “The State of the Court is characterized by great experience, extraordinary diversity, intense engagement, national integration, growing efficiency and increasing expedition.” Read the full text of the Chief Judge’s address here .