In light of the positive response we received from our earlier Design Patent Digest post, we decided to post another. A table of newly filed and closed design patent cases from March 19, 2012, to April 6, 2012, including a handful of earlier cases not identified in our previous search, is posted here. Over this three week period, we identified 20 new cases and 10 closed cases involving a design patent.
Some cases that we found particularly interesting are mentioned below.
The footwear design patent infringement suit, Skechers USA v. Children’s Place, which we previously reported, was dismissed without prejudice on March 28, 2012, following a settlement agreement.
Littel Fuse, Inc. filed suit in the Eastern District of Michigan alleging infringement of utility and design patents for electrical fuses. Links to the patents at issue are included below.
D575,746 Blade Fuse and Fuse Element therefor
D584,239 Blade Fuse Element
8,077,007 Blade Fuse
7,928,827 Blade Fuse
Frito-Lay filed suit in the Eastern District of Texas alleging infringement of utility and design patents for apparatus and methods directed to making bowl-shaped tortilla chips. The Eastern District of Arkansas dismissed the defendants’ declaratory judgment action against Frito-Lay after the Eastern District of Texas ruled that the defendants were subject to its jurisdiction and that venue was proper in Texas. Links to the patents at issue are included below.
D459,853 Snack Piece Mold
6,610,344 Process for making a shaped snack chip
6,592,923 System and method for molding a snack chip
6,638,553 System and method for monolayer alignment snack chip transfer