Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Case Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit was created in 1982 by merging the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals with the U.S. Court of Claims and is the only federal appellate court to hear patent appeals. The court sits primarily in Washington, DC. and is different from the other U.S. federal appeals courts in that it hears cases based upon subject matter versus those matters brought in a specific geographic location. The decisions of the court, in particular in regard to cases involving patents are unique in that they are binding precedent Decisions of this circuit are only superseded by changes in specific law or from decisions rendered by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court has jurisdiction over appeals from:

  • Article I Tribunals
  • Article III Tribunals
  • The Congressional Office of Compliance

More information regarding the history of the court and the judges who have served on it can be found at the Federal Circuit Historical Society.

Browse Opinions From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


Recent Decisions From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
METALCRAFT OF MAYVILLE, INC. v. THE TORO COMPANY
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2433
Secure Axcess, LLC v. PNC Bank National Association  
Date: February 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1353

Justia Opinion Summary: The Axcess patent, entitled “System and Method for Authenticating a Web Page,” relates to "systems and methods for authenticating a web page.” The Patent Trial and Appeal Board determined that it was a covered business m...

SECURE AXCESS, LLC v. EMC CORPORATION
Date: February 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1354
IN RE: DEPOMED, INC.
Date: February 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1378
SLOT SPEAKER TECHNOLOGIES v. APPLE INC.
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2038
EVOLUTIONARY INTELLIGENCE LLC v. SPRINT NEXTEL CORPORATION
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1188
VOCKE v. MSPB
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2390
MORRIS v. SHULKIN
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1054
Fedora v. Merit Systems Protection Board  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3039

Justia Opinion Summary: Fedora began working for the Postal Service in 1980 and retired in 2012, then filed an appeal with the Merit Systems Protection Board alleging that his retirement was involuntary and amounted to constructive discharge. H...

WUNDAFORMER, LLC v. FLEX STUDIOS, INC.
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1301
Metalcraft of Mayville, Inc. v. Toro Co.  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2433

Justia Opinion Summary: Scag, which manufactures commercial riding lawnmowers, developed a suspended operator platform for a ride-on lawnmower or other riding light utility vehicle connected to a rigid chassis by a suspension system. The operat...

Organik Kimya v. International Trade Commission  
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1774

Justia Opinion Summary: Organik and Dow both manufacture opaque polymers, hollow spheres used as additives to increase paint’s opacity. Dow has maintained its worldwide market-leader position through a combination of patent and trade-secret p...

Changzhou Hawd Flooring Co. v. United States  
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1899

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, the Department of Commerce initiated an antidumping-duty investigation of multilayered wood flooring from China (19 U.S.C. 1673a(b)) and sent questionnaires to Chinese exporters and producers, selecting the thre...

Xilinx, Inc. v. Papst Licensing GMBH & Co. KG  
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1919

Justia Opinion Summary: Xilinx a Delaware corporation headquartered in California, develops and markets programmable logic devices for electronics systems. Papst, organized and having its principal place of business in Germany, is a nonpractic...

PARK PROPERTIES ASSOCIATES v. US
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5102