The Cyberlaw Clinic is delighted to announce that on October 8, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will be holding oral arguments at Harvard Law School, in the Ames Courtroom in Austin Hall. The court will hear four cases, starting at 2:00pm.
The Federal Circuit was established in 1982, and has exclusive jurisdiction to hear appeals from federal district courts in patent cases. The Court also oversees appeals from administrative tribunals, including the Court of Federal Claims and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (an administrative body created in 2012 under the America Invents Act to review issues of patentability of inventions). Given its focus on matters of patent law, the Court is popularly considered the most important technology law court in the country.
The event on October 8 is an actual session of the Federal Circuit, and the Court will be hearing real cases. As such, the event is free and open to all members of the public who wish to attend. The cases heard will include:
Hirmiz v. Secretary of Health and Human Services, No. 15-5043, a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, on behalf of a child who suffers from neurological damage, which her parents claim is the result of a flu vaccine.