• On the Horizon: A New Federal Circuit: Part I
  • March 2, 2010 | Author: Scott A. Herbst
  • Law Firms: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P. - Palo Alto Office; Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P. - Washington Office
  • The Federal Circuit, born in 1982, is an anomaly of sorts. It is equal in stature to the twelve regional Circuit courts, yet its jurisdiction—being strictly limited in terms of subject matter but unlimited geographically—is unique. When it created the Federal Circuit, Congress tasked the court with virtually all appeals taken in patent cases—whether from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. International Trade Commission, or the Federal District Courts. It also exclusively reviews decisions from a number of other specialized tribunals, including the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of International Trade, the Merit Systems Protection Board, various Boards of Contract Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.