The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is an intermediate appellate court in the United States federal court system. It convenes in Washington, DC, at the Howard T. Markey National Courts Building.
It currently has sixteen judges, four of whom are Senior Judges. The Chief Judge is Paul R. Michel.
It was formed on October 1, 1982 by the merger of two courts: the appellate division of the United States Court of Claims, and the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals. Unlike other United States Courts of Appeals, the Federal Circuit's jurisdiction is not based on geography: instead, the Federal Circuit deals with patent appeals and claims against the federal government no matter where the cases originally arose.