The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will hold oral arguments in four cases at Columbia Law School. The oral arguments will be followed by a Q&A session with the three-judge panel. A non-pizza boxed lunch will be provided following the event.
Tickets & Entry:
Doors will open at 9:30 a.m.
Student tickets will be distributed at the SOUTH door to Room 104 and the NORTH door to Room 106 on a first come, first served basis. You must have a ticket to enter the room and must show your CUID to obtain a ticket.
Security & Protocols:
- No backpacks, large bags, or laptops can be brought into Room 104/106.
- All persons are subject to search, including metal detection screening, by court security officers prior to entering Room 104/106.
- Please also note the following while the Court is in session:
- Only material related to the Court’s business may be read in the courtroom.
- No one should be heard except for counsel making arguments or a judge.
- Recording or broadcasting equipment is prohibited.
- Cameras, including those contained in computers or other electronic devices must not be used.
- Food and drink are prohibited.
- Computers and tablets are prohibited.
- Phones must be turned off.
- Inappropriate facial gestures or exaggerated gesticulating is forbidden.
- Doorways must be kept clear. Entry and exit is only allowed between cases, and is at the discretion of the Court.
Briefs for each of the cases to be argued at Columbia are available by accessing the "Case Materials" link above (UNI required to access). You are encouraged to read them in advance as background.
About the Federal Circuit:
The Federal Circuit’s jurisdiction, unlike other courts of appeals, is not bound by geography. The Court is perhaps best known for its decisions in cases involving patent law, as it is the only federal appellate-level court with jurisdiction to hear patent cases.