Category Archives: Design Patents

Federal Circuit affirms Board IPR decision invalidating design patents for obviousness

Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc. v. Graco Children’s Products, Inc. Docket No. 2018-1259-60 (IPR2016-00816, -00826) MOORE, REYNA, CHEN July 2, 2019 Brief summary:  Board IPR decision of invalidity of Kolcraft’s design patents affirmed as evidence regarding inventor’s date of conception was uncorroborated. … Continue reading

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In Re: Ron Maatita

Docket No. 2017-2037 DYK, REYNA, STOLL August 20, 2018 Brief summary: Board’s affirmance of the design patent examiner’s rejection of claim “as non-enabled and indefinite under 35 U.S.C. § 112 because it used a single, two-dimensional plan-view drawing” reversed. Summary: … Continue reading

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Advantek Marketing, Inc. v. Shanghai Walk-Long Tools Co., Ltd. et al.

Docket No. 2017-1314 NEWMAN, CELVENGER, CHEN August 1, 2018 Brief summary: DC’s dismissal of Advantek’s design patent infringement complaint reversed since, e.g., “a design patent may be for a component of a product” (“damages based on the value of the … Continue reading

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Sport Dimension, Inc. v. The Coleman Company

Docket No. 2015-1553 MOORE, HUGHES, STOLL April 19, 2016 Brief Summary: DC claim construction rejected “because it eliminates whole aspects of the claimed design”. DC exclusion of expert witness found not to be an abuse of discretion because of his … Continue reading

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Nordock, Inc. v. Systems, Inc. et al.

Docket No. 2014-1762, -1795 O’MALLEY, REYNA, CHEN September 29, 2015 Brief Summary: DC/jury damages award reversed and remanded since “a design patentee can recover either (1) total profits from the infringer’s sale under § 289, or (2) damages in the … Continue reading

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Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. et al. v. Covidien, Inc. et al.

Docket No. 2014-1370 LOURIE, BRYSON, CHEN August 7, 2015 Brief Summary: DC finding of invalidity of ‘501 patent for indefiniteness reversed; claim construction of ‘275 patent affirmed but grant of SJ vacated as evidence of genuine dispute considered in favor … Continue reading

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Apple, Inc. v. Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd. et al.

Docket No. 2014-1335, 2015-1529 PROST, O’MALLEY, CHEN May 18, 2015 Update (Dec. 6, 2016 Adn Feb. 7, 2017): SCOTUS reversed DC/FC § 289 design patent damages award of Samsung’s entire profits on infringing smartphones, holding “[i]n the case of a … Continue reading

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