Court of Customs and Patent Appeals

Court of Customs and Patent Appeals

n. a federal court established (1929) to hear appeals from decisions by the United States Patent Office and from the United States Customs Court. It sits in Washington, D. C. and is composed of five judges. (See: patent, Customs Court)

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Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, a patent appeals predecessor to the Federal Circuit.
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The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit was established on October 1, 1982, as an "intermediate appellate court whose jurisdiction was defined by subject matter rather than geography, and whose decisions would establish nationwide precedent on subjects as to which it had exclusive appellate jurisdiction." (1) The Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1982 (2) established two new courts: the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit) and the United States Court of Federal Claims (3) while terminating two courts: the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals (CCPA) (4) and the United States Court of Claims.
Court of Customs and Patent Appeals which was merged with the appellate division of the U.S.
848 (Court of Customs and Patent Appeals); Act of July 14, 1956, 70 Stat.
Between 1929 and 1982, such appeals were heard by the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals (CCPA).
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Congress created the Federal Circuit by merging two existing Article III courts--the Court of Claims and Court of Customs and Patent Appeals. The three purposes of the act establishing it were: to fill a void in the judicial system by creating an appellate forum capable of exercising nationwide jurisdiction over appeals in areas of the law where Congress determines there is a special need for nationwide uniformity; to improve the administration of the patent law by centralizing appeals in patent cases; and to provide an upgraded and better organized trial forum for government claims cases.
The last of these courts was created in 1982 from the merger of the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals and the Court of Claims.