Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law

Appellate Practice and the Federal Circuit

Appellate Practice and the Federal Circuit

Ever since 1982 when Congress created the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to handle all of the Nation’s patent appeals, we have been arguing cases before that court. Not only do we argue appeals in cases where we tried the cases in the district court, we also take on appeals when others have handled the case in the district court. With such a long history of practicing before the Court, we have intimate knowledge of the Court’s dynamics and requirements. Moreover, we have successfully handled numerous landmark appeals at the Court and have written dozens of amicus briefs to the Court on behalf of various organizations. As a result of our success, the firm has attracted numerous law clerks for judges at the Court to join our practice. Our appeal practice extends beyond the Federal Circuit, as we also handle appeals of intellectual property matters, such as trademark and copyright cases, in other Circuit Courts.

In addition, Joseph Re of our Orange County office is a past president of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and is presently a member of the Federal Circuit’s Advisory Council, a group of select attorneys selected by the Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit to advise the Court on various issues affecting the practice before the Court.

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