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in regard to cases involving patents are unique in that they are binding precedent Decisions of this circuit are only superseded by changes in specific law or from decisions rendered by the US Supreme Court.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
BORUSAN MANNESMANN BORU SANAYI VE TICARET A.S. v. US
Date: July 1, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2097
HIP, INC. v. HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION
Date: July 1, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1696
BROWN v. GSA
Date: June 30, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1996
In Re BUCKSHAW
Date: June 30, 2022
Docket Number: 22-146
Long v. McDonough  
Date: June 29, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1669

Justia Opinion Summary: Long served in the Air Force, 1969-1976 and spent most of that time as an air traffic control radar repairman, working without ear protection near active runways. In 2009, Long filed a disability compensation claim for h...

Meenaxi Enterprise, Inc. v. Coca-Cola Co.  
Date: June 29, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2209

Justia Opinion Summary: Coca-Cola distributes a Thums Up cola and Limca lemon-lime soda in India and other foreign markets. Meenaxi has distributed a Thums Up cola and a Limca lemon-lime soda in the United States since 2008 and registered the T...

PRIME TIME COMMERCE, LLC v. US
Date: June 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1783
Bowling v. McDonough  
Date: June 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1945

Justia Opinion Summary: Bowling and Appling were discharged from military service under conditions other than honorable. Each eventually sought veterans’ benefits. Their discharges would statutorily bar the benefits at issue unless they came wi...

Static Media LLC v. Leader Accessories LLC  
Date: June 28, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2303

Justia Opinion Summary: Static sued Leader in Wisconsin for infringing its D400 design patent. The parties entered into a court-approved protective order, under which they could designate certain material produced during discovery as “Confiden...

In Re ZTE CORPORATION
Date: June 28, 2022
Docket Number: 22-147
In Re FRANCIS
Date: June 28, 2022
Docket Number: 22-151
JUMP ROPE SYSTEMS, LLC v. COULTER VENTURES, LLC
Date: June 28, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1624
ADAMS v. US
Date: June 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1662
NETFLIX, INC. v. DIVX, LLC
Date: June 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1931
SKYBELL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. v. ITC
Date: June 27, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1354