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in regard to cases involving patents are unique in that they are binding precedent Decisions of this circuit are only superseded by changes in specific law or from decisions rendered by the US Supreme Court.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
O'LAGUE v. DVA
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2300
BOUNDARY SOLUTIONS, INC. v. CORELOGIC, INC.
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2354
SNF HOLDING COMPANY v. BASF CORPORATION
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2565
CLASSEN IMMUNOTHERAPIES, INC. v. ELAN PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1033
IN RE: DOCTER OPTICS, SE
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1126
Secured Mail Solutions LLC v. Universal Wilde, Inc.  
Date: October 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1728

Justia Opinion Summary: Secured Mail’s “Intelligent Mail Barcode” patents, “QR Code” patents, and “Personalized URL” patents involve methods whereby a sender affixes an identifier on the outer surface of a mail object (e.g. envelope or package)...

ANDERSON v. OPM
Date: October 16, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1597
FEDERAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION v. DEFENSE
Date: October 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3173
RUFFIN v. SHULKIN
Date: October 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2401
CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY LTD. v. ITC
Date: October 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2715
POLIDI v. MATAL
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1997
IGNITE USA, LLC v. CAMELBAK PRODUCTS, LLC
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2747
Organik Kimya AS v. Rohm and Haas Co.  
Date: October 11, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1983

Justia Opinion Summary: Rohm’s patents are directed to processes for preparing emulsion polymers with improved opacity for use in coatings such as paints, inks, and other products benefitting from opacity. Opacity results from absorbing and sca...

DROPLETS, INC. v. MATAL
Date: October 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2140
IN RE: OPENINGS
Date: October 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2307