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in regard to cases involving patents are unique in that they are binding precedent Decisions of this circuit are only superseded by changes in specific law or from decisions rendered by the US Supreme Court.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
VersaTop Support Systems, LLC v. Georgia Expo, Inc.  
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1208

Justia Opinion Summary: VersaTop and Georgia Expo are competitors in the “drape and rod” industry. Both produce and sell systems of modular rod and pole structures, for assembly to form sectional spaces such as trade show booths and other drape...

NEOLOGY, INC. v. ITC [OPINION - NONPRECEDENTIAL]
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1338
VERSATOP SUPPORT SYSTEMS, INC v. GEORGIA EXPO, INC.
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1687
IROBOT CORPORATION v. ITC [OPINION - NONPRECEDENTIAL]
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1690
Trading Technologies International, Inc. v. IBG LLC  
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2257

Justia Opinion Summary: TT’s patents relate to a graphical user interface for electronic trading. The 056 and 999 patents, which share a specification, disclose “a user interface for an electronic trading system that allows a remote trader to v...

IN RE: MICHAEL A. HENRY BEY
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 19-115
E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. v. Unifrax I LLC  
Date: April 17, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2575

Justia Opinion Summary: DuPont’s 926 patent, entitled “Composite Flame Barrier Laminate for a Thermal and Acoustic Insulation Blanket,” issued in December 2013 and claims composite laminates that are incorporated into thermal-acoustic blankets...

VANDESANDE v. US [OPINION - NONPRECEDENTIAL]
Date: April 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1603
PURDUE PHARMA L.P. v. IANCU [OPINION - NONPRECEDENTIAL] a
Date: April 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1710
HAYDEN v. AIR FORCE
Date: April 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1589
HAIRSTON v. DVA [ORDER - NONPRECEDENTIAL]
Date: April 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2053