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in regard to cases involving patents are unique in that they are binding precedent Decisions of this circuit are only superseded by changes in specific law or from decisions rendered by the US Supreme Court.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
PALO ALTO NETWORKS, INC. v. FINJAN, INC.
Date: September 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2059
CliniComp International, Inc. v. United States  
Date: September 19, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1101

Justia Opinion Summary: The VA and Department of Defense (DoD) committed to developing an integrated electronic health records (EHR) system to replace their separate systems but abandoned that plan. DoD replaced its system with a commercially-a...

E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. v. Synvina C.V.  
Date: September 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1977

Justia Opinion Summary: Synvina’s 921 patent is directed to a method of oxidizing 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), or an HMF derivative, under specified reaction conditions to form 2,5-furan dicarboxylic acid (FDCA). DuPont and Synvina are compe...

AUTOMATION MIDDLEWARE v. INVENSYS SYSTEMS
Date: September 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2187
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA v. ELI LILLY AND COMPANY
Date: September 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2397
ADVANCED MEDIA NETWORKS, LLC v. AT&T MOBILITY LLC
Date: September 17, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1014
SPORTSTAR ATHLETICS, INC. v. WILSON SPORTING GOODS COMPANY
Date: September 17, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1136
Palantir USG, Inc. v. United States  
Date: September 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1465

Justia Opinion Summary: Palantir filed a pre-award bid protest, challenging the Army’s solicitation for Distributed Common Ground System-Army Increment 2 (DCGS-A2), the Army’s primary system for processing and disseminating multisensor intellig...

ParkerVision, Inc. v. Qualcomm Inc.  
Date: September 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2012

Justia Opinion Summary: ParkerVision’s 940 patent, titled “Method and System for Frequency Up-Conversion” relates to telecommunications devices, such as cellular phones, in which low-frequency electromagnetic signals are “up-converted” to highe...

Nobel Biocare Services AG v. Instradent USA, Inc.  
Date: September 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2256

Justia Opinion Summary: Nobel’s 977 patent, directed to dental implants, explains that a “feature of the invention” is that “the coronally tapered aspect [of the implant] is designed to allow elastic expansion of the bone while inserting the wi...

ROGERO v. HHS
Date: September 12, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1684
ASGHARI-KAMRANI v. UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE
Date: September 11, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2415
ASGHARI-KAMRANI v. UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE
Date: September 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2504
ASGHARI-KAMRANI v. UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE
Date: September 11, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1040
BARTH v. US
Date: September 11, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1776