Curriculum

Federal Circuit Advocacy

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is an important but controversial part of the federal judicial system. It was formed by an Act of Congress in 1982 with the predominant goal of "strengthen[ing] the United States patent system in such a way as to foster technological growth and industrial innovation." In the intervening 33-plus years, with the Federal Circuit becoming the exclusive appellate court for patent cases, the United States has indeed seen significant technological growth, but the court has also been widely criticized as being out of step with the Supreme Court#which has regularly reversed the Federal Circuit#s patent decisions in recent years#with some judges and academic writers even calling for the court#s ouster as the exclusive appellate venue for patent cases. Nonetheless, given its central role in administering the U.S. patent system#it has appellate jurisdiction over virtually every kind of patent-related case that a court or administrative agency could decide#it is critical for any IP practitioner, whether a future litigator or otherwise, to possess a systematic understanding of the Federal Circuit, its history, procedures, doctrines, and dynamics. Through selected readings, vigorous class discussion, and a mock Federal Circuit argument (among other facets of the course), students should complete the class with a far better understanding of this unique court.