Entries in judgment (3)

Friday
Aug242012

Apple V. Samsung: Jury Verdict

Apple obtained a $1.05 billion verdict in the Northern District of California.  The jury found that all of Apple's asserted patents were valid and enforceable.  CNET has posted a color graphic outlining the devices found to be infringing, which also includes the trade dress claims.  As to infringement of the design patents, the jury found the following (from pp. 6-7 of the verdict).  

The D667 patent:

The D087 patent:

The D305 patent:

The D889 patent:


Wednesday
Apr112012

Digest of new and closed design patent cases from Mar. 19 to April 6, 2012

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

 

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Friday
Mar162012

Digest of new and closed design patent cases from Feb. 6 to Mar. 16, 2012

We have found it helpful, and interesting, to track newly filed and closed design patent cases on a weekly basis.  In hope that readers of our Protecting Designs Blog might benefit as well, we have tabulated our search results over the period from February 6 to March 16, 2012, and posted them here.

During this six week period, we identified 15 newly filed cases and 20 closed cases that assert a cause of action involving a design patent.  Of the closed cases identified, the average pendency of the litigation was 0.6 years, where the maximum and minimum pendencies were 1.6 years and 4 days, respectively.