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in regard to cases involving patents are unique in that they are binding precedent Decisions of this circuit are only superseded by changes in specific law or from decisions rendered by the US Supreme Court.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
PAICE LLC v. IANCU
Date: March 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1385
SRI International, Inc. v. Cisco Systems, Inc.  
Date: March 20, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2223

Justia Opinion Summary: While the interconnectivity of computer networks facilitates access for authorized users, it also increases a network’s susceptibility to attacks from hackers, malware, and other security threats. Some of these security...

XITRONIX CORPORATION v. KLA-TENCOR CORPORATION
Date: March 19, 2019
Docket Number: 16-2746
SALINE ASSOCIATES NO. 1 v. US [OPINION - NONPRECEDENTIAL]
Date: March 19, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1688
DEVONA v. ZEITELS [OPINION - NONPRECEDENTIAL]
Date: March 18, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1210
Shenyang Yuanda Aluminum Industry Engineering Co., Ltd. v. United States  
Date: March 18, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1553

Justia Opinion Summary: The Commerce Department issued antidumping and countervailing duty orders covering aluminum extrusions from China under 19 U.S.C. 1671,. In a previous case, the Federal Circuit upheld Commerce's ruling that the orders ap...

Ruel v. Wilkie  
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2562

Justia Opinion Summary: Ruel served in the Marine Corps, 1966-1969, including two tours in Vietnam; he was exposed to Agent Orange. He died in 1984. His wife, Teresa, sought benefits. In July 1984, the VA received her Form 21-534, which the VA...

PERFORMANCE PRICING HOLDINGS v. GOOGLE LLC
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1189
Natural Alternatives International, Inc.. v. Creative Compunds, LLC  
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1295

Justia Opinion Summary: Natural owns patents relating to dietary supplements containing beta-alanine (an amino acid). Together with histidine, another amino acid, beta-alanine can form dipeptides that are involved in the regulation of intracell...

KANEKA CORPORATION v. SKC KOLON PI, INC.
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1313
R.K. v. HHS [OPINION - NONPRECEDENTIAL]
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1738
ARCTIC CAT INC. v. POLARIS INDUSTRIES, INC.
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1850
AUTO-DRIL, INC. v. NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO, L.P.
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1991