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in regard to cases involving patents are unique in that they are binding precedent Decisions of this circuit are only superseded by changes in specific law or from decisions rendered by the US Supreme Court.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
Wi-Fi One, LLC v. Broadcom Corp.  
Date: April 20, 2018
Docket Number: 15-1944

Justia Opinion Summary: The patent is directed to improving the efficiency by which messages are sent from a receiver to a sender in a telecommunications system to advise the sender that errors occurred in a particular message.The patent is con...

WI-FI ONE, LLC v. BROADCOM CORPORATION
Date: April 20, 2018
Docket Number: 15-1945
WI-FI ONE, LLC v. BROADCOM CORPORATION
Date: April 20, 2018
Docket Number: 15-1946
St. Bernard Parish Government v. United States  
Date: April 20, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2301

Justia Opinion Summary: Saint Bernard Parish Government and other owners of real property in St. Bernard Parish or in the Lower Ninth Ward of the City of New Orleans sued under the Tucker Act, 28 U.S.C. 1491(a)(1), alleging a taking. They claim...

James v. J2 Cloud Services, LLC  
Date: April 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1506

Justia Opinion Summary: The patent, which lists Rieley and Muller as inventors and for which they applied for in 1997, describes the conversion of an incoming facsimile or voicemail message into a digital representation, which is then forwarded...

Voter Verified, Inc. v. Election Systems & Software LLC  
Date: April 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1930

Justia Opinion Summary: Verified’s patent is directed to “auto-verification” of a voter’s ballot. In 2009, Verified sued Election Systems, which markets automated voting systems, for infringement. Election counterclaimed that the patent's clai...

MEDINOL LTD. v. CORDIS CORPORATION
Date: April 19, 2018
Docket Number: 15-1027
Droplets, Inc. v. E*Trade Bank  
Date: April 19, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2504

Justia Opinion Summary: Droplets’s 115 Patent, describing a system “for delivering interactive links for presenting applications and second information at a client computer from remote sources in a network-configured computer processing system,...

WONDERLAND NURSERYGOODS CO. v. BABY TREND, INC.
Date: April 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1295
John Bean Technologies Corp. v. Morris & Associates, Inc.  
Date: April 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1502

Justia Opinion Summary: John Bean’s patent, directed to a chiller for cooling poultry carcasses, issued in 2002. Morris is the only other U.S. poultry chiller manufacturer. Weeks after the patent issued, Morris sent a letter stating that Bean...

ICOS CORPORATION v. ACTELION PHARMACEUTICALS, LTD.
Date: April 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1017
PERRIE v. PERRIE
Date: April 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1087
Raniere v. Microsoft Corp.  
Date: April 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1400

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1995, Raniere assigned all rights in the five patents to GTI. Raniere is not listed on GTI’s incorporation documents as an officer, director, or shareholder. GTI dissolved in 1996. In 2014, Raniere executed a documen...

LESEMAN, LLC v. STRATASYS, INC.
Date: April 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1453
PHILIPS LIGHTING NORTH AMERICA v. WANGS ALLIANCE CORPORATION
Date: April 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1526