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in regard to cases involving patents are unique in that they are binding precedent Decisions of this circuit are only superseded by changes in specific law or from decisions rendered by the U.S. Supreme Court.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
REOFORCE, INC. v. US
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5084
RECOGNICORP, LLC v. NINTENDO CO., LTD.
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1499
NICHIA CORPORATION v. EVERLIGHT AMERICAS, INC.
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1585
CALL HENRY, INC. v. US
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1732
NORTHWEST TITLE AGENCY, INC. v. US
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2158
8x8, Inc. v. United States  
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1959

Justia Opinion Summary: 8x8 provides telephone services via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Customers use a digital terminal adapter, containing 8x8’s proprietary firmware and software. Customers’ calls are switched to traditional lines...

Monk v. Shulkin  
Date: April 26, 2017
Docket Number: 15-7092

Justia Opinion Summary: Monk served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. In 2012, Monk sought VA disability benefits, alleging service-connected PTSD, diabetes, hypertension, and strokes. The VA denied the claim, finding that his discha...

Snyder v. Department of the Navy  
Date: April 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1940

Justia Opinion Summary: The 2013 Department of Defense (DOD) budget was cut by $37 billion halfway through Fiscal Year 2013. The Secretary of Defense directed DOD managers to prepare to furlough most civilian employees for up to 11 workdays, w...

DUKE UNIVERSITY v. BIOMARIN PHARMACEUTICAL INC.
Date: April 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1106
SECURUS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. v. GLOBAL TEL LINK CORPORATION
Date: April 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1992
SKEDCO, INC. v. STRATEGIC OPERATIONS, INC.
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1349
AUTOLIV ASP, INC. v. HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1895
SYNOPSYS, INC. v. ATOPTECH, INC.
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1956
PAICE LLC v. FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1411
PAICE LLC v. FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1746