Law School to Host Federal Appeals Court Oral Arguments

September 25, 2006

  • Students and the community will get a rare glimpse at the proceedings of a federal appeals court Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 2-4 pm in the Law School's Caplin Auditorium. A panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will hear arguments from lawyers on four cases, including two patent cases, with one involving patents on Adidas shoes; a case concerning whether a pet treat trademark can be registered; and a case in which a retired federal firefighter is seeking better benefits.

The Federal Circuit is unique among the 13 Circuit Courts of Appeals, which are just one step below the U.S. Supreme Court. The Federal Circuit has nationwide jurisdiction in a variety of subject areas, including international trade, government contracts, patents, trademarks, certain money claims against the U.S. government, federal personnel, and veterans' benefits.

The event is open to the public, although no cameras, recorders, laptops, or backpacks are permitted. ( Courtroom Decorum )

CASE BRIEFS - in Order of Argument

Each case lasts half an hour.

Akeva LLC v. Adidas-Salomon AG and Adidas America, Inc.
Appellant's Brief | Appellee's Brief | Reply Brief | Joint Appendix

In Re Pet Food Centers, LLC
Appellant's Brief | Appellee's Brief | Reply Brief | Joint Appendix

DESA IP v. EML Technologies, LLC and Costco Wholesale Corporation
Appellant's Brief | Appellee's Brief | Reply Brief | Joint Appendix I, II, III, IV

Thor Weatherby, III, v. Department of the Interior
Petitioner's Brief | Respondent's Brief | Reply Brief | Joint Appendix

In conjunction with the Federal Circuit's visit, the Federal Circuit Bar Association is presenting two Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs, one before and one after the Court sits.

The Leading Edge: A Window on National Intellectual Property, Trade, and Government Contract Matters
10:30 am-12:00 PM, WB152


  • U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, House Committee on the Judiciary
  • Victoria A. Espinel , Esquire , Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property, U.S. Trade Representative Office
  • Stephen Koplan, Commissioner, International Trade Commission
  • Marcia Madsen, Esquire, Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw LLP; Chair, Office of Management and Budget Acquisition Advisory Panel

Moderator: Stephen L. Peterson, Esquire, Past President, Federal Circuit Bar Association

Appellate Advocacy in Patent, Trade, and Contract Litigation: Judges and Professors
4:30-5:30 pm, Caplin Auditorium

The panel will include judges from the Federal Circuit and professors Margo Bagley, Lillian BeVier, and Daniel Meador of the Law School.

Students are not required to register for the CLE sessions, but other attendees should sign up at


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