Federal Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit was created in 1982 by merging the US Court of Customs and Patent Appeals with the US 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 US 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in regard to cases involving patents are unique in that they are binding precedent Decisions of this circuit are only superseded by changes in specific law or from decisions rendered by the US Supreme Court.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 US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


Recent Decisions From the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS v. MERUS N.V.
Date: July 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1346
AUDATEX NORTH AMERICA, INC. v. MITCHELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Date: July 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1913
EARNHARDT v. KERRY EARNHARDT, INC.
Date: July 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1939
GIULIANO v. SANDISK LLC
Date: July 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2166
Soft Gel Technologies, Inc. v. Jarrow Formulas, Inc.  
Date: July 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1814

Justia Opinion Summary: The specifications of the three Soft Gel patents describe a method for dissolving CoQ10. The patented inventions include a composition, a soft gelatin capsule, and a method of making such a soft gelatin capsule, each inv...

NETLIST, INC. v. DIABLO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Date: July 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1742
SPHERIX INCORPORATED v. MATAL
Date: July 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1790
SPANGLER v. SHULKIN
Date: July 25, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1164
LUNAREYE, INC. v. MATAL
Date: July 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1413
THINK COMPUTER CORPORATION v. SQUARE, INC.
Date: July 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1818
MACIAS v. ARMY [RULE 36 JUDGMENT]
Date: July 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2508
FEDORA v. MSPB
Date: July 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3039
Miskill v. Social Security Administration  
Date: July 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1598

Justia Opinion Summary: Miskill was employed as an IT Specialist with the Social Security Administration for 14 years. Her supervisor proposed to remove Miskill for violations of the time and attendance policy. The Assistant Associate Commissio...

OTSUKA PHARMACEUTICAL CO. v. ZYDUS PHARMACEUTICALS USA
Date: July 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1962