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in regard to cases involving patents are unique in that they are binding precedent Decisions of this circuit are only superseded by changes in specific law or from decisions rendered by the US Supreme Court.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
Presidio Components, Inc. v. American Technical Ceramics Corp.  
Date: November 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2607

Justia Opinion Summary: Presidio alleged infringement of its patent, which claims a multilayer capacitor design and teaches a multilayer integrated network of capacitors electrically connected in series and in parallel. While the suit was pendi...

BASF Corp. v. Johnson Matthey Inc.  
Date: November 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1770

Justia Opinion Summary: BASF’s patent describes and claims systems for performing catalytic conversion of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in an exhaust gas stream, with a partly-dual-layer arrangement of coatings on a substrate over which exhaust gas pas...

CEQUENT PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS v. HOPKINS MANUFACTURING CORP.
Date: November 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2701
INTELLECTUAL VENTURES I LLC v. FTD COMPANIES, INC
Date: November 20, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1376
LANGLEY v. US
Date: November 20, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1818
MEXICHEM AMANCO HOLDING v. HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
Date: November 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2084
COBRA INTERNATIONAL, INC. v. BCNY INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Date: November 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2103
IN RE: THOMAS
Date: November 17, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1100
SALERNO v. INTERIOR
Date: November 17, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1145
Gray v. Secretary of Veterans Affairs  
Date: November 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1782

Justia Opinion Summary: To receive disability compensation based on service, a veteran must demonstrate that the disability was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, 38 U.S.C. 101(16). Congress has enacted presumptive service connection l...

In re: Micron Technology, Inc.  
Date: November 15, 2017
Docket Number: 17-138

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, Harvard filed a patent-infringement case against Micron, which is incorporated in Delaware and has its principal place of business in Idaho, alleging that venue in the District of Massachusetts was proper under...

IN RE: NPS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
Date: November 15, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1392
BARRY v. DEFENSE
Date: November 15, 2017
Docket Number: 17-2142
NETLIST, INC. v. SANDISK LLC
Date: November 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2274
SMART MODULAR TECHNOLOGIES v. NETLIST, INC.
Date: November 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2666