Debbie McComas in Law360: 'Now Streaming on YouTube: The Federal Circuit'

March 02, 2021
Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Debbie McComas was quoted in a Law360 article about the Federal Circuit’s move to livestream arguments on YouTube, starting with a handful of cases this month that include two high-profile Apple patent fights.

Here is an excerpt:

Oral arguments … before five appellate court panels will be available online through the court's new YouTube channel, the clerk's office said in a notice. Starting in April, the clerk's office estimates, the Federal Circuit will livestream all oral arguments for as long as the Federal Circuit remains closed to the public amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The move to livestream oral arguments at the Federal Circuit is not quite as big of a change as the initial decision to make those arguments remote in the first place, a move that attorneys had initially feared would make their jobs more difficult.

Debbie McComas, a partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP, had been among the IP litigators concerned about the challenge of arguing beyond the briefs by phone, but she told Law360 on Thursday that the decision to make those remote hearings more accessible was a good move.

"The livestreaming simply makes it easier to follow contemporaneously with the argument," she said.

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