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Design Patent Case Digest: Butler v. Balkamp Inc.

Decision Date: September 3, 2014 - Court: Southern District of Indiana - Patents: D500,646 - Holding: Defendants’ motion for summary judgment of non-infringement GRANTED - Opinion: Plaintiff Kenneth...more

2014 IP Record Shows Continued Growth for Design Patent Filings [Video]

Tracy-Gene G. Durkin, director at the intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, P.L.L.C., examines data and trends from the Intellectual Property Owners Association's 2014 IP Record. Ms. Durkin...more

Judge Preska Finds a Design—Although Developed Using Test Equipment—To Be Ornamental

In this dispute concerning U.S. Patent No. D618,132 (“Diamond jewellery (sic)”), Judge Preska denied declaratory judgment plaintiff’s request for summary judgment of patent invalidity and non-infringement, but granted the...more

Design Patent Case Digest - P.S. Products, Inc., v. Activision Blizzard, Inc.

Decision Date: February 21, 2014 - Court: E.D. Arkansas - Patents: D561,294 and D576,246 - Holding: Defendants’ motion to dismiss GRANTED - Opinion: Plaintiffs P.S. Products, Inc. (“P.S.”)...more

Steeda Autosports Seeks to Put the Brakes on Alleged Patent Infringement

Steeda Autosports, Inc. ("Steeda"), a Valdosta, Georgia-based company specializing in the design and manufacture of after-market parts for Ford vehicles, particularly Ford Mustangs, filed suit on August 22, 2014, in the...more

PTAB Denies Institution of Inter Partes Review of Design Patent, Noting 35 U.S.C. 171 is Not a Proper Basis for IPR

In its decision denying institution of two IPRs, the PTAB outlines how allegedly functional elements of a design patent claim are addressed in an IPR obviousness analysis....more

Design Patent Case Digest: Dorman Products, Inc. v. PACCAR, Inc.

Decision Date: September 5, 2014 - Court: Patent Trial and Appeal Board - Patents: D525,731 and D526,429 - Holding: Petitions to Institute Inter Partes Review DENIED Opinion: Dorman...more

Silicon Valley x Fashion District = Blurred Lines

Growing up in the 80s, it’s amazing how both fashion and technology have evolved since Scrunchies and Commodore 64s – although a quite separate evolution. I can’t recall a fashionable pager (really, go try to find one), or a...more

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...more

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

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...more

Design Patents and Product Appearance

In the world of industrial design and branding, the appearance or look and feel of a product can be subject to various forms of intellectual property (IP) protection. Copyrights and trademarks usually come to mind when...more

EZ Products Seeks to Scrub Scrub Buddies Over Cleaning Cloth Design Patent

On May 8, 2014, EZ Products of South Florida, LLC (“EZP”), filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. (“Dollar Tree”), a Virginia corporation. EZP asserts patent infringement of United States Design...more

Patent Perspectives

A patent is a legal right to keep others from making, using or selling an invention. A patent does not of itself give the owner the right to use the patented invention. For example it is quite possible for someone to patent...more

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

Unregistered design rights – the Karen Millen case

This is a very recent decision of the CJEU in the Karen Millen case, which provides important guidance to fashion designers and retailers who rely on unregistered design rights in their designs according to the Council...more

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

New UK Intellectual Property Act 2014: Better by design?

On 14May 2014, the UK Government introduced a new Intellectual Property Act 2014 (the “Act”). The Act, which focuses on patents and design rights, is intended to modernise intellectual property law to help UK businesses...more

Inconsistent Figures Render Two Design Patents Indefinite

Spanx, Inc. v. Times Three Clothier, LLC - Case Number: 1:13-cv-02157-DLC (Dkt. 58) - Judge Cote construed claims in six design patents, and determined that two of the patents were indefinite. The patents at...more

Design Patents Go to the Dogs: District Court Not Required to Provide an Express Verbal Description of the Claimed Design

MRC Innovations, Inc. v. Hunter Mfg., LLP - Addressing the nature of analyzing primary and secondary references for purposes of determining whether a design patent is obvious, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...more

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

The European Design Regime

1. Introduction - In 1993, the Commission of the European Union issued proposals for a directive for harmonization of design laws within the member countries of the EU and for the creation of an EU-wide design regime...more

Design Patent Wars: The Icon Menace

Much of the success of Apple products can be traced to Apple’s emphasis on design as being equal or greater than the technical advancement of its products. Talking with a product designer the other day, we both remarked on...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Standard for Obviousness of Design Patents

Practitioners involved with design patent litigation should take note of a recent decision by the Federal Circuit in MRC Innovations, Inc. v. Hunter Mfg., LLP, No. 2013-1433 (Apr. 2, 2014), where Federal Circuit clarified the...more

Protection of Designs in the United States

In recent years, protection of designs has become of increasing importance. As Steve Jobs famously noted: “People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s...more

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