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in regard to cases involving patents are unique in that they are binding precedent Decisions of this circuit are only superseded by changes in specific law or from decisions rendered by the US Supreme Court.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
SCOTT-BRANCH v. O'ROURKE
Date: June 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2125
Royal Crown Co., Inc.. v. The Coca-Cola Co.  
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2375

Justia Opinion Summary: Royal Crown (RC) and The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) compete in the beverage market. Both companies and others distribute beverages that use ZERO as an element of their marks. When RC sought trademark protection for DIET RI...

IN RE: WANG
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1827
Sirona Dental Systems GMBH v. Institut Straumann AG  
Date: June 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1341

Justia Opinion Summary: Sirona’s 006 patent “relates to a method for producing a drill assistance device,” a drill template, “to precisely place a pilot hole for a tooth implant, wherein the pilot hole for the tooth implant is aligned relative...

DIAZ v. O'ROURKE
Date: June 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1693
AMERICAN VEHICULAR SCIENCES v. UNIFIED PATENTS INC.
Date: June 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2307
PAR PHARMACEUTICAL, INC. v. HORIZON THERAPEUTICS, LLC
Date: June 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1451
PGS GEOPHYSICAL AS v. IANCU
Date: June 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1582
FastShip, LLC v. United States  
Date: June 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2248

Justia Opinion Summary: FastShip’s patents, entitled “Monohull Fast Sealift or Semi-Planing Monohull Ship,” relate to a “fast ship whose hull design in combination with a waterjet propulsion system permits, for ships of about 25,000 to 30,000 t...

XITRONIX CORPORATION v. KLA-TENCOR CORPORATION
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2746
Silfab Solar, Inc. v. United States  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1718

Justia Opinion Summary: If the International Trade Commission (ITC) determines that an article is being imported into the U.S. in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause of serious injury or the threat thereof, to the competitive...

Land of Lincoln Mutual Health Insurance Co. v. United States  
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1224

Justia Opinion Summary: A three-year “risk corridors” program described in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 42 U.S.C. 18001, implemented by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), was intended to promote participation...

Sunpreme Inc. v. United States  
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1338

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department of Commerce published antidumping and countervailing duty orders on certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells imported from China (CSPV Orders). Sunpreme, a U.S. company, imports solar modules produce...