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in regard to cases involving patents are unique in that they are binding precedent Decisions of this circuit are only superseded by changes in specific law or from decisions rendered by the US Supreme Court.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
IN RE: WHITE
Date: January 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1242
CASCADES STREAMING v. BIG TEN NETWORK, LLC
Date: January 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1424
GRUSH v. DOJ
Date: January 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1575
SWISHER v. WILKIE [OPINION - NONPRECEDENTIAL]
Date: January 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2268
VALEO NORTH AMERICA, INC. v. SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1196
VIRNETX INC. v. CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1197
LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC. v. SEABERY NORTH AMERICA INC.
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1255
ENVENTURE GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY v. MOHAWK ENERGY LTD.
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1356
POWER ANALYTICS CORPORATION v. OPERATION TECHNOLOGY, INC.
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1428
KENNEDY v. US [OPINION - NONPRECEDENTIAL]
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2245
INTELLECTUAL VENTURES I LLC v. T-MOBILE USA, INC.
Date: January 14, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2601
In re: Guild Mortgage Co.  
Date: January 14, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2620

Justia Opinion Summary: Guild makes mortgage loans and has used the mark “GUILD MORTGAGE COMPANY” since 1960. Guild was founded in California and has expanded to over 40 other states. It applied to register the mark “GUILD MORTGAGE COMPANY,” an...

IN RE: SINY CORP. [OPINION - NONPRECEDENTIAL]
Date: January 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1077