Wal-Mart and Oakley were among the parties to 8 newly-filed cases and 5 closed cases involving design patents during the two-week period of April 9-20, 2012. A tabulated summary of these cases is posted here. Some cases that we found particularly interesting are mentioned below.
Oakley, Inc. filed suit against Great L&H Trading, Inc. in the Central District of California alleging infringement of eyewear design and utility patents. On the same day, Great L&H Trading filed a corresponding declaratory judgment action in the Southern District of New York. This new case follows other Oakley eyewear design infringement suits that we previously reported on 02/10/12, 02/16/12, and 03/12/12. Links to the patents at issue in this case are listed below.
Vinum Corp. and Oenaphilla, Inc. settled a lawsuit involving a combined bottle "aerator, filter, pourer, re-corker and stopper, all designed into one unit," as shown to the left. Vinum's complaint alleged that Oenaphilla's Tappo Pour product infringed Vinum's D437,782 patent claiming a design for a bottle stopper.
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Sheng Yang Metal Co. and Wal-Mart Stores settled a lawsuit involving tool handle designs, shown below. Shen Yang Metal's complaint alleged that Wal-Mart infringed two of its patents, D483644 and D486717, claiming designs for tool handles.
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