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Law360, New York (October 19, 2016, 3:20 PM EDT) — On Dec. 1, 2016, several important amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure take effect. The most impactful amendment is the shortening of the permissible length of appellate briefs, which will affect many appeals and will have a particularly significant impact on complex appeals such as patent cases.

The amended rules will apply to all appeals “commenced” on or after Dec. 1, 2016. The U.S. Supreme Court’s order states that the amended rules “govern in all proceedings in appellate cases thereafter commenced and, insofar as…

Source: Law360