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in regard to cases involving patents are unique in that they are binding precedent Decisions of this circuit are only superseded by changes in specific law or from decisions rendered by the US Supreme Court.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
REFAEI v. US
Date: February 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1399
GOOGLE LLC v. AT HOME BONDHOLDERS' LIQUID.
Date: February 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2727
HILES v. SHULKIN
Date: February 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1247
LOCKWOOD v. DVA
Date: February 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1489
Arendi S.A.R.L. v. Google LLC  
Date: February 20, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1249

Justia Opinion Summary: On inter partes review of Arendi’s patent, which relates to a computerized method for identifying and substituting information in an electronic document, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board held all of the claims unpatenta...

IN RE: JANKE
Date: February 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1697
INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGICAL v. FIRST INTERNET BANK OF
Date: February 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1795
A. SCHULMAN, INC. v. POLYONE CORPORATION
Date: February 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2035
SNAP-ON INC. v. MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORP.
Date: February 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1305
AUTOMATED TRACKING SOLUTIONS v. THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
Date: February 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1494
STERLING v. SHULKIN
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1049
IN RE: KHAN
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2207
JOHNSON v. US
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1035
IN RE VIOLATION OF RULE 50
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 18-9000
TRAVEL SENTRY, INC. v. DAVID TROPP
Date: February 14, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2386