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Federal Circuit Hearing More Cases by Phone, Canceling Fewer (1)

May 13, 2020, 7:38 PMUpdated: May 13, 2020, 8:46 PM

The Federal Circuit plans to increase the number of arguments it hears by phone in June, showing the court may be getting more comfortable with changes in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

For its June sitting, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will hear 35 arguments by phone, up from 19 in April and 26 in May. The court had no major technical difficulties with phone arguments in April and May.

Meanwhile, the number of canceled arguments is falling. The Federal Circuit canceled arguments in 19 cases that were scheduled in June and will decide them on the briefs alone.

That compares with 37 cases the court canceled in April and 32 in May.

Among the cases slotted for June arguments are Ford Global Technologies LLC v. New World International Inc., over alleged infringement of Ford’s patents on replacement car parts, and Braemar Manufacturing, LLC v. The Scottcare Corp., about whether improvements in electrocardiographic monitoring are eligible for patent protection.

The court officially announced Monday it will hold arguments for June by phone, but it started issuing orders on phone or canceled arguments in individual cases May 1. The last of those orders went out Wednesday.

The court makes live audio of the phone arguments available to the public.

(Updated with additional information about June cases.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Perry Cooper in Washington at pcooper@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Roger Yu at ryu@bloomberglaw.com, Keith Perine at kperine@bloomberglaw.com

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