On the Horizon: A New Federal Circuit—Part I


A single federal Circuit court enjoys national and exclusive jurisdiction over appeals from all district courts in cases which arise under the patent laws. However, that court’s jurisdictional base is not singular. It also has exclusive nationwide jurisdiction over a diverse mix of other important subject matter areas, such as veterans’ affairs, international trade, government contracts, federal personnel, and monetary claims against the government including tax refunds and vaccine injury compensation. That court, situated in Washington, D.C., is the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

This article (the first of two) is unlike most because it is not about some recent watershed ruling from that court. Instead, it is about the Federal Circuit itself, and how that institution is, in the next few years, very likely to undergo a massive and unprecedented change in terms of the judges who make up the court. In October 2009, Judge Alvin Schall assumed “senior” status, creating an immediate vacancy on the court. A second vacancy will arise after the current Chief Judge, Paul R. Michel, leaves the judiciary on May 31, 2010, as he recently announced. Four other active judges are eligible right now to assume senior status, and three others will become senior-eligible before the end of President Obama’s current term.

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