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Rules of Practice Amendments 2020

  • Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2071(e) and Federal Circuit Rule 47(b), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has issued an emergency amendment to Federal Circuit Rule 15(f).  The amended rule goes into effect immediately on an interim basis and will become final on January 31, 2021, absent additional action by the court.  Public comments to the Clerk of Court are due on or before January 8, 2021.  The full notice and order are available on the court’s website.  [December 9, 2020]
  • Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2071(b), the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has adopted amendments to Federal Circuit Rules of Practice 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 25.1 (new rule), 26, 26.1, 27, 28, 28.1, 29, 30, 31, 32, 32.1, 33, 33.1, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 41, 45, 46, 47, 47.2, 47.3, 47.4, 47.5, 47.7, 47.9, 47.10, 47.12, 50, 52, and 54, and the Federal Circuit Attorney Discipline Rules.  These amendments take effect on July 1, 2020, and will apply to all cases filed or pending on or after July 1, 2020, to the extent practicable, unless otherwise ordered.

    The final public notice, the order of adoption, a draft copy of the new Federal Circuit Rules of Practice, and a summary of the adopted amendments are available on the court’s website.  Edits and corrections to the draft proof copy may be submitted to the Clerk’s Office by the close of business on June 23, 2020.  The Clerk’s Office will issue a final version of the Federal Circuit Rules of Practice on June 30, 2020.  [June 16, 2020]

  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit gives notice that it proposes to amend Federal Circuit Rules of Practice 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 25.1 (new rule), 26, 26.1, 27, 28, 28.1, 29, 30, 31, 32, 32.1, 33, 33.1, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 41, 45, 46, 47, 47.2, 47.3, 47.4, 47.5, 47.7, 47.9, 47.10, 47.12, 50, 52, 54, and the Federal Circuit Attorney Discipline Rules.  The full notice and a summary of proposed amendments, a redlined copy of the proposed amendments, and a clean copy of the proposed amendments are available for public review on the court’s website.  If adopted, the amendments would take effect on July 1, 2020.

    Public comments must be received by the Clerk of Court on or before May 27, 2020, and may be submitted by mail to Proposed Rules Comments 2020, Clerk’s Office, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 717 Madison Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20439.  [April 24, 2020]