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in regard to cases involving patents are unique in that they are binding precedent Decisions of this circuit are only superseded by changes in specific law or from decisions rendered by the US Supreme Court.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
In re: Cray, Inc.  
Date: September 21, 2017
Docket Number: 17-129

Justia Opinion Summary: Raytheon filed a patent infringement action against Cray in the Eastern District of Texas. Cray is a Washington corporation with its principal place of business there. It also maintains facilities in Minnesota, Wisconsin...

NFC Techoloty, LLC v. Matal  
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1808

Justia Opinion Summary: NFC’s patent relates to a near-field communication device, using electromagnetic induction to communicate information over very short distances. The patent claims a priority date of March 1999, the date of the filing o...

NFC TECHNOLOGY, LLC v. MATAL [RULE 36 JUDGMENT]
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1809
Goodman v. Shulkin  
Date: September 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2142

Justia Opinion Summary: Goodman served in the U.S. Army, 1972-1992, with service in Southwest Asia during the Persian Gulf War. During his service and at his discharge, Goodman underwent medical examinations that returned negative for rheumatoi...

FRONT ROW TECHNOLOGIES LLC v. MLB ADVANCED MEDIA, L.P.
Date: September 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2604
IN RE: NOMULA
Date: September 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2735
RADWARE, LTD. v. F5 NETWORKS, INC.
Date: September 18, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1212
First Data Corp. v. Inselberg  
Date: September 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2677

Justia Opinion Summary: Inselberg is the inventor systems by which audiences interact with live events, such as concerts and football games. In 2010, his company received a $500,000 loan from Bisignano, who received security interest in the pat...

Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. v. SFC Co. Ltd.  
Date: September 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2721

Justia Opinion Summary: Idemitsu’s patent, titled “Organic Electroluminescence Device and Organic Light Emitting Medium,” claims a device containing a particular organic medium layered between an anode and cathode; when a voltage is applied thr...

QUALITY EDGE, INC. v. ROLLEX CORPORATION
Date: September 15, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1005
MIMEDX GROUP, INC. v. MUSCULOSKELETAL TRANSPLANT
Date: September 14, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1043
Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. Motorola Mobility LLC  
Date: September 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1795

Justia Opinion Summary: IV’s patent issued in 2010, from a series of continuing applications first filed in 1997 and is titled “File Transfer System for Direct Transfer Between Computers.” The patents broadly relate to transferring computer fil...

Allied Mineral Products, Inc. v. OSMI, Inc.  
Date: September 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2641

Justia Opinion Summary: Stellar and Allied are American companies. Stellar sent Allied's Mexican distributors notice letters accusing them of infringing Stellar’s Mexican Patent. Allied manufactures the accused products in the U.S., which are t...

WAYMO LLC v. UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Date: September 13, 2017
Docket Number: 17-2130
Waymo LLC v. Uber Technologies, Inc.  
Date: September 13, 2017
Docket Numbers: 17-2235, 17-2253

Justia Opinion Summary: Waymo sued Uber and Ottomotto for patent infringement and violations of trade secret laws, claiming that its former employee, Levandowski, improperly downloaded documents related to Waymo’s driverless vehicle technology,...