The American University Law Review is the only law review in the country to publish an issue exclusively dedicated to the Federal Circuit. Each year, practitioners and academics write about the latest developments in the five major areas of the court’s jurisdiction: patent law, trademark law, government contracts, international trade, and veterans’ benefits. The Law Review also hosts an annual symposium on a Federal Circuit topic. For a brief introduction to these areas of law, see the following memoranda AULR Volume 70 staff prepared ahead of the Law Review’s 35th annual Federal Circuit Symposium.


Registration for the American University Law Review’s 35th Annual Federal Circuit Symposium Series is now LIVE! Click HERE to register for all our events, including:

  • Friday, October 2, 2020 (Noon-1:00 PM ET): Veteran’s Law keynote address featuring Chief Judge Margaret Bartley (WCL ’93) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran’s Claims
  • Friday, October 9, 2020 (Noon-1:00 PM ET): Patent law panel discussion on the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
  • Friday, October 16, 2020 (Noon-1:00 PM ET): Trademark law Oxford-style debate on the Supreme Court’s recent decision in United States Patent and Trademark Office v. B.V.
  • Friday, October 23, 2020 (Noon-1:00 PM ET): Government contracts law guided discussion featuring Chief Judge Jeri Somers (WCL ’86), Chair of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, and Marcia G. Madsen (WCL ’76), Chair of the Government Contracts practice and Co-Chair of the National Security practice at Mayer Brown
  • Friday, October 30, 2020 (Noon-1:00 PM ET): International trade law panel discussion on COVID-19’s effects on supply chains and issues of the day


The annual Federal Circuit issue includes area summaries surveying cases within the court’s five major areas of jurisdiction. Those surveys are linked below:

Patent Law

Government Contract Decisions

International Trade Decisions

Trademark Law Decisions

Veterans Law Decisions