- A division of the judiciary with national authority that is responsible for hearing appeals related to customs, trademark, and patent cases, such as patent applications or patent infringement. It has the power to review decisions from district courts or federal agencies, as well as appeal cases from the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of International Trade, and the United States Court of Veterans Appeals
- A customs case was escalated to the Federal Circuit after a previous ruling in a district court.
- The Federal Circuit reviews the decisions of several specialized courts, including the United States Court of Veterans Appeals.
- The inventor had to appeal to the Federal Circuit for a dispute concerning his patent application.