In her article on Huffington Post, “The Forward-Thinking, Future-Shaping Federal Circuit,” employment attorney and Wake Forest University law professor Abigail Perdue addresses the unique nature of the Court (where she also clerked for Judge Jimmie A. Reyna):
[T]he Federal Circuit is the only circuit where every judge resides in the same location, generating an unparalleled culture of collegiality and collaboration. It is also the only circuit with nationwide jurisdiction, so its opinions control across America and are not geographically limited like other circuits’ decisions.
The Federal Circuit has heard cases on everything from the Xbox to genetically-engineered soybeans and smartphone touchscreen technology.
A unique court it is, facing an increasingly large docket and with several recent rulings heading to the U.S. Supreme Court. Perdue’s article is a valuable reminder of the Court’s purview, and of the fundamental rights it looks to protect.