MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Summer 2014 - Vol. 12, Issue 3

In This Issue:

- The Analysis for Design Patent Infringement Post-Egyptian Goddess

- Supreme Court Issues Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank

- Capitol Records, LLC v. Pandora Media, Inc.: Future of Digital Music May Depend on State Copyright Protection of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

- Excerpt from The Analysis for Design Patent Infringement Post-Egyptian Goddess:

In the seminal decision of Egyptian Goddess, Inc. v. Swisa, Inc., the Federal Circuit struck down one of the two tests commonly used for determining design patent infringement, the “point of novelty” test. Despite rejecting this test, the court incorporated the consideration of prior art into a slightly revised version of the "ordinary observer" test, the hypothetical "ordinary observer" now having familiarity with the prior art. This article will examine the application of this revised version of the "ordinary observer" test, and specifically the consideration of the “plainly dissimilar” analysis set forth by Egyptian Goddess.

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