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China Grants First Patents to Graphical User Interface Designs

The State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China has issued the first four design patents protecting graphical user interfaces (GUIs). The patents issued were filed by Beijing Qiyi Century Science & Technology Co.,LTD.,...more

8/25/2014 - China Design Patent Graphical User Interface Patents Popular

Design Patent Case Digest: Munchkin, Inc. and Toys “R” US, Inc. v. Luv N’ Care, LTD.

Decision Date: April 21, 2014 - Court: Patent Trial and Appeal Board - Patents: D617,465 - Holding: Claimed design is obvious and therefore UNPATENTABLE - Opinion: Petitioners Munchkin, Inc. and Toys...more

6/25/2014 - Design Patent Inter Partes Review Proceedings Obviousness Patents Prior Art Toys R Us Written Descriptions

Design Patent Case Digest: Z Produx, Inc. v. Make-Up Art Cosmetics, Inc.

Decision Date: November 5, 2013 - Court: Central District of California Patents: D642, 743 - Holding: Make-Up Art Cosmetics’ motion for summary judgment of non-infringement is GRANTED...more

6/18/2014 - Design Patent Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents

Design Patent Case Digest: MRC Innovations, Inc. v. Hunter Mfg., LLP

Decision Date: April 2, 2014 - Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit - Patents: D634,488 and D634,487 - Holding: N.D. of Ohio’s Grant of Summary Judgment of Invalidity AFFIRMED...more

6/4/2014 - Design Patent Obviousness Patent Infringement Patents Summary Judgment

PTAB Invalidates Patent in First IPR Trial of a Design Patent

On April 21, 2014, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a final written decision in the first inter partes review proceeding involving a design patent (IPR2013-00072). In...more

4/25/2014 - Design Patent Inter Partes Review Proceedings Motion to Amend Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents Prior Art

Design Patent Case Digest: ATAS International, Inc. v. Centria

Decision Date: September 24, 2013 - Court: Patent Trial and Appeal Board - Patents: D527,834 - Holding: ATAS’s petition to institute inter partes review is DENIED. Opinion: ATAS International, Inc....more

12/12/2013 - Design Patent Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents

Design Patent Case Digest: W.Y. Industries, Inc. v. Kari-Out Club LLC

Decision Dates: August 25, 2011 and November 12, 2013 - Courts: D. NJ and United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit - Patents: D469,689 - Holding: The terms of the ‘689 Patent are construed;...more

12/3/2013 - Design Patent Patent Litigation Patents

Design Patent Case Digest: Spencer v. Taco Bell Corp.

Decision Date: October 2, 2013 - Court: M.D. Florida - Patents: D643,474 - Holding: Defendant’s motion for summary judgment of patent invalidity and non infringement...more

10/31/2013 - Design Patent Infringement Patents Prior Art Taco Bell

Design Patent Case Digest: High Point Design LLC and Meijer, Inc., Sears Holding Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Buyers Direct,...

Decision Date: September 11, 2013 - Court: Fed. Cir. Patents: D598,183 - Holding: Grant of summary judgment of invalidity REVERSED and REMANDED. Opinion: Buyer’s Direct, Inc. (“BDI”)...more

10/25/2013 - Design Patent Patent Litigation Patents Wal-Mart

Design Patent Case Digest: Pacific Coast Marine Windshields Limited v. Malibu Boats, LLC

Decision Date: December 27, 2012 Court: D. Florida - Patents: D555,070 - Holding: Defendants’ motion for partial summary judgment of non-infringement GRANTED. Opinion: Plaintiff, Pacific Coast...more

10/9/2013 - Design Patent Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents

Design Patent Case Digest: McIntire v. Sunrise Specialty Company

- Decision Date: May 7, 2013 - Court: E.D. California - Patents: D534,254 - Holding: Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment of infringement DENIED - Defendant’s motion for summary judgment of...more

7/15/2013 - Design Patent Patent Infringement Patents

Design Patent Case Digest: MRC Innovations, Inc. v. Hunter Mfg., LLP

Decision Date: January 31, 2013 - Court: N.D. Ohio - Patents: D634,488 and D634,487 - Holding: Defendants’ motion for summary judgment of invalidity GRANTED - Opinion: Plaintiff MRC Innovations,...more

7/8/2013 - Design Patent Obviousness Patents Prior Art Summary Judgment

Design Patent Case Digest: Keurig, Inc. v. JBR, Inc.

Decision Date: May 24, 2013 - Court: D. Massachusetts - Patents: D502,362 - Holding: Defendant’s motion for summary judgment of non-infringement GRANTED - Opinion: Plaintiff Keurig, Inc. sued JBR,...more

6/21/2013 - Design Patent Infringement Keurig Inc Patents Substantially Similar

Update on Post-Grant Design Patent Challenges

Since our last article on the topic of design patent reexaminations (see “All or Nothing Design Patent Reexaminations: On the Rise,” June 8, 2010), design patents are more popular than ever. Interest in design patents...more

6/13/2013 - Design Patent Infringement Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents Post-Grant Review Substantially Similar USPTO

Design Patent Case Digest: Victor Stanley, Inc. v. Creative Pipe, Inc.

Decision Date: September 30, 2011 - Court: D. Maryland - Patents: D523,263 - Holding: Defendants liable for design patent infringement - Opinion: Plaintiff, Victor Stanley, Inc. sued Creative Pipe, Inc....more

1/23/2013 - Attorney's Fees Damages Design Patent Infringement Ordinary Observer Test Patents

Design Patent Case Digest: Telebrands Corp v. Del Laboratories, Inc.

Telebrands Corp v. Del Laboratories, Inc. - Decision Date: September 8, 2011 - Court: S.D. New York - Patents: D596,802 - Holding: Coty’s motion for summary judgment of invalidity denied - Opinion:...more

12/19/2012 - Design Patent Functionality Infringement Patents Summary Judgment Utility Patents

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