Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Design Patent Roundup - Second Half of November

The Thanksgiving holiday put a lot of schedules on hold, but not the schedules of design patent plaintiffs. In the latter half of November The Ordinary Observer has tracked nearly a dozen new design patent filings, involving major brands as parties, such as Lululemon, Ford and Rubbermaid. Some of the more interesting cases have nothing to do with these big names, however. These include one case filed by the Suffolk University Law School’s Intellectual Property Clinic in support of an inventors self-prosecuted patent, and another case filed on behalf of a pet care supply manufacturer who has now asserted this same design patent in half a dozen independent actions. There is a lot worth keeping an eye on in the design patent litigation world, after the jump.