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FedCirBlog.tidge.com provides daily updates of the dispositive and/or substantive patent rulings issued by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (herein). By definition, this means many of the Fed.Cir.'s daily rulings are not included (see ¿What events are you reporting?).


Added: 2012-07-28 | Last revised: n/a

Um, well, OK, FedCirBlog.tidge.com is not really a blog because:
  - it has no real commentary, just case "summaries" which consist mostly of sentence fragments; and
  - it is not (presently) interactive (i.e., people can't leave comments regarding each post).

These are all characteristics of a "blog" (see, e.g., Wikipedia's definition), which FedCirBlog.tidge.com is clearly lacking.

In my defense, the essential sense of "web log" is indeed met.


Added: 2012-09-21 | Last revised: n/a

As discussed herein, the Fed. Cir.'s jurisdiction includes a variety of subject areas, from veteran's benefits to international trade; however, FedCirBlog.tidge.com is only concerned with patent cases, which is less than a third of the Fed. Cir.'s jurisdiction (id.).

The patent-related matters that reach Fed.Cir. include:
  - Appeals from final judgments in federal district court cases involving patent law;
  - Petitions for, inter alia, Writs of Mandamus from federal district courts cases involving patent law;
  - Appeals from final decisions of the Board of Pat. Appeals & Interferences (BPAI) in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO); and
  - Appeals from final decisions of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).

There are many procedural rulings that the Fed.Cir. will make in these patent-related matters (e.g., rulings on motions to expedite, motions for continuances, etc.), and FedCirBlog.tidge.com will not report any of them. Most of these would be available from PACER (but not for free on the Fed.Cir. webiste).

FedCirBlog.tidge.com will report the dispositive and/or substantive rulings on patent cases when they are reported on the Fed.Cir. website (which is daily). These would include rulings on writs of mandamus concerning waivers of privillege, motions to stay preliminary injunctions, etc., as well as reversals, affirmances, remandings, and vacations (HA-HA) of lower tribunal decisions.

However, FedCirBlog.tidge.com holds no illusions as to the ultimately subjective nature of its choices concerning what to post. FedCirBlog.tidge.com guarantees all important patent rulings will show up ASAP, but, concerning all other rulings, all bets are off. As an example of how subjective FedCirBlog.tidge.com can be, consider the facts that FedCirBlog.tidge.com (the "***JUST PATENTS***" Federal Circuit Blogger on twitter) has been and will continue posting TTAB (trademark) appeal decisions and that, while many Fed.Cir. orders on motions for stays of preliminary injunctions granted by the lower trial court will not be posted, FedCirBlog.tidge.com will post those orders involved in the Great War (the war involving all the Great Powers: Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia, etc., etc.).

As discussed immediately below (¿How often are you updating?), not all of these types of rulings appear on the Fed.Cir. website at the same time, and thus will not all appear on FedCirBlog.tidge.com at the same time.


Added: 2012-07-28 | Last revised: n/a

Fed.Cir. tries to release its final disposition sheet by 11 AM each day (find the Fed.Cir.'s When is the website updated? faq here), but admits that it is not always possible, and I can tell you from experience that stuff often pops up afterwards. So I check at least twice a day: (1) between 11AM-noon; and (2) some time after 5PM (all times EST).

Because many of the non-ruling rulings (e.g., orders on mots./stay, petitions for writs of mandamus, etc.) that appear on the disposition sheet do not actually pop up on the Fed.Cir. search engine till long after the dispo sheet is out, those rulings will just pop up w/in 36 hours or so. For more on what exactly shows up on FedCirBlog.tidge.com, see ¿What events are you reporting? above.

To give a specific example in terms of timing, on Thursday, August 2, 2012, the order concerning Dynetix's petition for writ of mandamus appeared on that day's version of the dispo sheet published in the morning, but the order itself did not show up on the search engine till the next day.

However, to be completely transparent, I am tweeting my updates (but not the substance, obviously), which is why the twitter feed is on the home page -- so you can verify exactly how up to date FedCirBlog.tidge.com's contents are.

I am also sticking the twitter feed here, so you can enjoy the magic.


Added: 2012-07-28 | Last revised: 2012-08-03

June 1, 2012.


Added: 2012-09-21 | Last revised: n/a

Because there's no quick and convenient way to perform a daily and/or weekly check at the Fed.Cir. website.

For example, at the Fed. Cir. website, if you perform a search for the rulings in the past week, you'll just get a list of case names, so you need to open each of them to see whether FedCir. actually said anything vs. say, affirming the lower court decision without comment pursuant to Fed.Cir.R. 36. Also, it's not possible to isolate a single week to look at with the Fed.Cir. search engine.

And, FedCirBlog.tidge.com provides links to the most recent rulings, summaries of those rulings, links to previous weeks' rulings, a link to today's disposition sheet, a link to any oral arg. mp3's for any recent rulings, all on the same webpage (which the Fed.Cir. website most certainly does not).

Moreover, unlike the Fed.Cir. website or any other website, FedCirBlog.tidge.com's twitter feed (as shown on the home page) will immediately inform you if this site is up to date.


Added: 2012-07-28 | Last revised: 2012-07-31

The hell if I know.

To be clear, I do not doubt the effort, talent, and/or intent of the Fed.Cir. staff, but the internal procedures are not entirely clear to those of us viewing them from the outside. Some rulings show up on the Fed.Cir.'s daily disposition sheet which can't be found by using the Fed.Cir.'s search engine. Once again, I'm sure there's reasons for this, but they're not clear to me (although it does seem clear that some decisions may have no paperwork involved--as shocking as that may sound). Moreover, there's a lot going on, so the minutiae of website maintainence/consistency may not be at the top of the staff's priority list (nor should it be).

However, I am sure anything of any weight does show up, and shows up as quickly as the Fed.Cir. can make it publicly available.


Added: 2012-07-28 | Last revised: 2012-07-31

No, what's that?


Added: 2012-07-31 | Last revised: n/a

One advantage of doing the PHP/SQL coding directly (if very badly), instead of using Wordpress, Drupal, Typepad, blah blah blah, is I can make the pages look however I damn well please. And I do.


Added: 2012-07-31 | Last revised: n/a

For good or for ill, I am.


Added: 2012-07-31 | Last revised: n/a

Because, like bow ties, they're cool.


Added: 2012-07-28 | Last revised: n/a

Um, ... for FedCirBlog.tidge.com, right? Otherwise, my friend, we're all in the same boat.

FedCirBlog.tidge.com plans to add:
  - a subsection within each Fed.Cir. decision entry to list articles/webpages concerning that decision;
  - a subsection within each Fed.Cir. decision entry for people to leave comments;
  - a search engine to search through recent Fed.Cir. decisions; and
  - other stuff.


Added: 2012-07-29 | Last revised: 2012-09-21