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U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals: Legislative History

August 5, 1909
36 Stat. 11, 105
The act established the U.S. Court of Customs Appeals "to exercise exclusive appellate jurisdiction to review by decisions by [the] Board of General Appraisers." The act authorized the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint a presiding judge and four associate judges.
March 2, 1929
45 Stat. 1475
The act renamed the court the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals and vested the court with jurisdiction over appeals from the Patent office in patent and trade-mark cases, which had previously been the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia.
June 25, 1948
62 Stat. 869, 899
The act provided that the President would appoint a chief judge rather than a presiding judge.
August 25, 1958
72 Stat. 848
The act declared the court to be a court established under Article III of the Constitution of the United States.
September 19, 1961
75 Stat. 521
The act designated the chief judge of the court as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
April 2, 1982
96 Stat. 25
The Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1982 merged the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals and the U.S. Court of Claims to form the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Authorized Judgeships
1909 5
1982 5