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in regard to cases involving patents are unique in that they are binding precedent Decisions of this circuit are only superseded by changes in specific law or from decisions rendered by the U.S. Supreme Court.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
University of Utah v. Max-Planck-Gesellschaft  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1336

Justia Opinion Summary: The Tuschl patents relate to RNA interference, a process for “silencing” genes from expressing the proteins they encode, which may be useful in treating various diseases. In 2000, before the invention was reduced to prac...

ICON HEALTH AND FITNESS, INC. v. STRAVA, INC.
Date: March 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1475
TVIIM, LLC v. McAfee, Inc.  
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1562

Justia Opinion Summary: TVIIM’s 168 patent, entitled “Method and Apparatus for Assessing the Security of a Computer,” describes “a security system which identifies security vulnerabilities and discrepancies for a computing system.” The patent b...

Boyd v. Office of Personnel Management  
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1078

Justia Opinion Summary: Boyd worked for the Postal Service, 1985-2010. In 2011, she sought disability retirement benefits under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved her application, s...

ENOVA TECHNOLOGY CORP. v. SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY (US)
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1287
ADVANCED GROUND INFORMATION v. LIFE360, INC.
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1332
MOTOROLA MOBILITY LLC v. INTELLECTUAL VENTURES I LLC
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1401
IN RE: KATAKIS
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1695
HIME v. SHULKIN
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2123
IN RE: CHUDIK
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2171
VOTER VERIFIED, INC. v. PREMIER ELECTION SOLUTIONS
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2272
NORDOCK, INC. v. SYSTEMS INC.
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 14-1762
Bayer Cropscience AG v. Dow Agrosciences LLC  
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1854

Justia Opinion Summary: The patents-in-suit relate to soybeans genetically engineered to tolerate herbicide, and, particularly, to the Bayer-developed dmmg gene. The parties disagreed over the scope of Bayer’s license of the patents to MS Tech,...

CARSON v. MSPB
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3135
Reoforce, Inc. v. United States  
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5084

Justia Opinion Summary: In the 1980s, Simonson began exploring for deposits of pumicite, a porous volcanic rock, which he thought had potential commercial applications. Simonson found high quality pumicite in Kern County and located 23 mining...