Your 15 Minutes: 5 Tips For Arguing In The Fed. Circ.

Law360, New York (January 13, 2012, 12:56 PM EST) -- Fifteen minutes — that's typically all you get — no more, and no less. The appellant gets to split her time between the opening and rebuttal arguments. The appellee gets only one shot at it. And they each get only 15 minutes.[1] That’s oral argument in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit — the proving ground for appeals of trial court decisions in patent cases.[2]

The questions start almost from the moment you take the podium and the timer starts counting down. The...
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