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in regard to cases involving patents are unique in that they are binding precedent Decisions of this circuit are only superseded by changes in specific law or from decisions rendered by the US Supreme Court.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
ENERGY HEATING, LLC. v. HEAT ON-THE-FLY, LLC
Date: July 19, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1559
Shell Oil Co. v. United States  
Date: July 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1695

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1942-1943, the Government contracted with the Oil Companies to purchase aviation gasoline, vital to the war effort, permitting a profit margin “between 6% and 7%.” The manufacture of avgas from crude oil uses a 98% pu...

BASF CORPORATION v. IANCU
Date: July 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1425
IN RE: PARKER
Date: July 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2244
IN RE: LIN
Date: July 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2263
BRUNETTE v. O'ROURKE
Date: July 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2534
TS PATENTS LLC v. YAHOO! INC.
Date: July 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2625
IN RE: PARKER
Date: July 17, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1088
SWARTZ v. PATO
Date: July 17, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1122
Blackbird Tech LLC v. ELB Electronics, Inc.  
Date: July 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1703

Justia Opinion Summary: Blackbird’s 747 patent is directed to energy-efficient lighting apparatuses. One embodiment discloses retrofitting an existing light fixture with a more energy efficient lighting apparatus. The district court entered a j...

BURNETT v. PANASONIC CORPORATION
Date: July 16, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1234
TAEBEL v. US
Date: July 16, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1475
PAALAN v. O'ROURKE
Date: July 16, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1517
PARKER v. O'ROURKE
Date: July 16, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1656
TF3 Ltd. v. Tre Milano, LLC  
Date: July 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2285

Justia Opinion Summary: Tre Milano challenged the validity of claims 1–5 and 11, and did not challenge the validity of claims 6–10 and 12–15 of the 118 Patent, which covers a device that automates the curling of hair. A strand of hair is fed in...