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Notices & Announcements

Notice of Modification to the Internal Operating Procedures

Pursuant to Federal Circuit Rule 47(c), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has made a minor stylistic alteration to Internal Operating Procedure #14(2)(e), effective immediately.  The updated version of the Internal Operating Procedures is available on the court’s website

Operating Status for July 4, 2022

For Monday, July 4, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is closed in observance of the federal holiday, pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 26(a)(6). Our offices will reopen on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

Notice of Revised Protocols for In-Person Argument

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has issued new Revised Protocols for In-Person Arguments (pdf) effective immediately.  These revisions increase the number of permitted attendees at argument to allow counsel to bring up to two attendees into the courthouse. All attendees must continue to comply with requirements for testing or medical documentation, masking, and limitations on access while in the courthouse.

Counsel scheduled for the July 2022 session will receive separate notification of these changes and need not file updated information with the court.

Notice of New Revised Protocols for In-Person Arguments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has issued Revised Protocols for In-Person Arguments (pdf) that will apply to the July 2022 court sitting and subsequent sittings until further notice.  These revisions clarify and expand the testing or medical documentation options available to counsel participating in arguments at the courthouse. Based on the Revised Protocols, the court has also updated the Certification of Compliance (Form 33A) (pdf) required to be filed ahead of time for all arguing counsel.  These materials are available on the court’s website.

Counsel scheduled for the July 2022 session will receive separate notification of these changes and need not file updated information with the court.

Federal Circuit Schedules November 2022 Session for the Philadelphia Area

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is pleased to announce that it intends to sit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as part of its November 2022 session.  The Federal Circuit will also concurrently hold its regular session in Washington, D.C.  Counsel scheduled for the November 2022 session in either location will be notified by the Clerk’s Office later this year. The full notice is available here (pdf).

Notice of New Revised Protocols for In-Person Arguments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has issued Revised Protocols for In-Person Arguments (pdf) that will apply to the June 2022 court sitting and subsequent sittings until further notice.  The current Revised Protocols for in-Person Arguments (pdf), issued January 18, 2022, will remain in place for the May 2022 session.  Based on the Revised Protocols, the court has also updated the Certification of Compliance (Form 33A) (pdf) required to be filed ahead of time for all arguing counsel.  These materials are available on the court’s website.

Swearing-in of the Honorable Leonard P. Stark

During a private ceremony held in chambers this afternoon at the National Courts Building in Washington, D.C., Leonard P. Stark was sworn in as a United States Judge for the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Chief Judge Kimberly A. Moore administered the oath of office to Judge Stark, which was witnessed by several of the court’s judges, as well as members of Judge Stark’s family.

Judge Stark’s biography is available on the court’s website.

Chief Judge Kimberly A. Moore swears-in Judge Stark on the Lincoln Bible, which was held by his wife, Beth Stark.

Circuit Judge Kathleen M. O’Malley Retires from the Federal Circuit

The Honorable Kathleen M. O’Malley retired from judicial service on March 11, 2022.  Judge O’Malley began her service on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on December 27, 2010, following her appointment by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the Senate.  Prior to her appointment, Judge O’Malley served for sixteen years as a district judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.  Judge O’Malley’s full biography is now available on the Federal Judicial Center’s website.