Federal Circuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is an appeals court established in the United States to hear all appeals of patent cases, appeals of USPTO decisions, and appeals from the United States Court of Claims (the Claims Court, established to hear civil claims against the Federal Government). Decisions of the Federal Circuit are published on various Web sites including the court’s own site as well as in searchable form on various university Web sites such as that of Emory University (back to 1995) and the Georgetown University Law Center (back to 1995). For reasons inexplicable other than by history, the Federal Circuit does not have jurisdictions over Federal Copyright and Trademark cases, which go the regional circuit courts of appeal and thence to the the US Supreme Court.

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