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in regard to cases involving patents are unique in that they are binding precedent Decisions of this circuit are only superseded by changes in specific law or from decisions rendered by the US Supreme Court.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
RAYTHEON COMPANY v. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE [OPINION - PRECEDENTIAL]
Date: October 18, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2371
IN RE: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY [OPINION - NONPRECEDENTIAL]
Date: October 18, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1112
Mid Continent Steel & Wire, Inc. v. United States  
Date: October 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1296

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, the Department of Commerce initiated an antidumping-duty investigation under 19 U.S.C. 1673–1673h into steel nail products from Oman and other countries. Commerce separated the Omani investigation into its own p...

THE CHAMBERLAIN GROUP, INC. v. ITC
Date: October 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2002
Charleston Area Medical Center, Inc. v. United States  
Date: October 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2226

Justia Opinion Summary: The Taxpayers, West Virginia non-stock, not-for-profit, 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) organizations, are generally exempt from federal income tax but are not exempt from taxes on “wages” from “employment” under the Federal Insuran...

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Zur Förderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.V. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc.  
Date: October 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2400

Justia Opinion Summary: Fraunhofer’s patents relate to multicarrier modulation for transmitting a main data stream over multiple carrier data streams, which is useful in satellite-based communication networks. In 1998, Fraunhofer gave WorldSpac...

IN RE: GATES [OPINION - NONPRECEDENTIAL]
Date: October 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2331
FRANCWAY v. WILKIE [OPINION - PRECEDENTIAL]
Date: October 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2136
FRANCWAY v. WILKIE [ORDER - NONPRECEDENTIAL]
Date: October 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2136
AMERICAN RELOCATION CONNECTION v. US
Date: October 15, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1245
DUKE UNIVERSITY v. BIOMARIN PHARMACEUTICAL INC.
Date: October 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1696
ARCHBOLD v. WILKIE
Date: October 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2063
BEDGEAR, LLC v. FREDMAN BROS. FURNITURE CO.
Date: October 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2170