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in regard to cases involving patents are unique in that they are binding precedent Decisions of this circuit are only superseded by changes in specific law or from decisions rendered by the US Supreme Court.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
Nantkwest, Inc. v. Matal  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1794

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2001, Dr. Klingemann filed a patent application directed to a method of treating cancer by administering natural killer cells. After years of examination, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rejected...

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. v. STRAIGHT PATH IP GROUP, INC.
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2004
PRISM TECHNOLOGIES LLC v. T-MOBILE USA, INC.
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2031
CHAFFIN v. BRADEN
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2572
EDMONDSON v. SHULKIN
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1591
Storer v. Clark  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1802

Justia Opinion Summary: The patent, covering methods of treating hepatitis C by administering compounds having a specific chemical and stereochemical structure, issued on a final application filed on June 27, 2003, by the inventor, Storer. In a...

CAQUELIN v. US
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1663
HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC. v. AMAZON.COM, INC.
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1906
INTELLECTUAL VENTURES II LLC v. ERICSSON INC.
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1955
POPE v. NAVY
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2106
GLOBAL TEL*LINK CORPORATION v. SECURUS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2135
NexLearn, LLC v. Allen Interactions, Inc.  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2170

Justia Opinion Summary: NexLearn sued Allen in Kansas, alleging patent infringement and breach of contract. The companies had entered into a nondisclosure agreement to allow Allen to try NexLearn’s software, SimWriter®. Allen accessed SimWriter...

COLE KEPRO INTERNATIONAL, LLC v. VSR INDUSTRIES, INC.
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2258
PRECISION STANDARD, INC. v. US DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1045
Cleveland Clinic Foundation v. True Health Diagnostics. LLC  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1766

Justia Opinion Summary: When an artery is damaged or inflamed, the body releases the enzyme myeloperoxidase (MPO). Prior art taught that MPO could be detected in an atherosclerotic plaque or lesion that required a surgically invasive method; co...