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Everyone remembers the scandal that led to Chief Judge Randall R. Rader's resignation earlier this year, right? The Chief sent an email to his buddy, Edward Reines, a patent attorney at Weil Gotshal's Silicon Valley office. The email related a third-party judge's comments that Reines was "IMPRESSIVE in every way," and Rader added: "I was really proud to be your friend," before encouraging Reines to let others see the message.

Chief Rader stepped aside, but the scandal apparently wasn't over. On Wednesday, the Federal Circuit issued a rare en banc bench-slapping of Reines over his use of the laudatory email -- and forwarded a second friendly gesture between the two pals to the California State Bar for further proceedings.

Did Reines cross the line by taking Rader up on his suggestion to share the email? Or is this much ado about two buddies sharing compliments and concert tickets?

The Court of Federal Claims normally only gets mentioned when its cases are appealed to the Federal Circuit Court. But last week, the Court of Federal Claims was in the news thanks to the largest settlement ever obtained by a single Indian tribe against the U.S. government -- $554 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Normally not a hotbed of dramatic happenings, the Federal Circuit has been on fire lately. Two recent cases are sure to keep the Federal Circuit anything but quiet.

Starr International Company v. U.S.

Maurice "Hank" Greenberg was AIG's leader for four decades, and his company Starr International Co., was AIG's largest shareholder with a 12% stake, reports Reuters. Claiming the government short-changed AIG shareholders in the 2008 government bailout, Starr sought to depose Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

CLE Credit: Intellectual Property and Law Conferences

If you’re hunting for continuing legal education credits — or you just want to learn more about intellectual property law — there are several IP-centric opportunities that you should check out this month: The ABA Intellectual Property Conference, the Robotics and Law Conference, and Patents, Innovation and Freedom to Use Ideas.

5 Things to Know About Federal Circuit Judge Richard Taranto

Here at FindLaw, we understand the pressures of being a legal professional - most of us are recovering lawyers - so we want to help by tossing you that preferred life preserver of the legal profession, the short list. Today’s offering: The Federal Circuit’s latest addition, Richard Taranto.

The Senate is slowly filling the vacancies (and pending vacancies) on the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Last week, senators confirmed Richard Taranto as the appellate court’s newest judge. On Friday, Judge Taranto was sworn in. (Beware the Ides of March no more, eh Judge?)

Bowman v. Monsanto Webinar: More on Patent Exhaustion Feb. 22

How much weight should the Supreme Court give to the government's stance on patent exhaustion? Are self-replicating technologies protected by patents?

If you could talk about patent exhaustion until you're literally exhausted, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) is hosting a webinar this week about Bowman v. Monsanto that you might want to check out.

Obama Nominates Raymond Chen, Todd Hughes to Federal Circuit

There are two new nominees for the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Last week, President Obama announced his latest picks for the IP-focused court: Raymond T. Chen and Todd M. Hughes. Let’s get to know these gentlemen, shall we?

Changing of the Guard: David Kappos Leaving USPTO in January

As the end of President Obama's first term comes to a close, there are going to be a number of leadership changes.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton already announced that she will be leaving the State Department and trying to catch up on her sleep. Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner has said that he will not return for the second term. Attorney General Eric Holder isn't sure what his future holds.

And over at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Director David Kappos is ready to hand the reigns to a worthy successor.

Panel to Ride Circuit, Discuss Splits at Denver Law October 4

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office isn't the only IP-loving panel to hit the road this fall: The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals will also be taking its act on the road in October.

The appellate court is scheduled to "ride circuit" and hear oral arguments at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver on October 4.

There are Still 7 Stops on the AIA Roadshow Schedule

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has embarked on an eight-city cross-country trek to share information about new final rules implementing provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA).

The AIA becomes effective on September 16.

Monday, the USPTO kicked off its traveling roadshow series in Minneapolis. Will the excitement make its way to a city near you? Click through to find out.