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Court Says 'Ordinary Observer' Is Sole Test For Design Patent Validity Analysis

  • 01.11.10
  • Tony Dutra
  • BNA's Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal

The ‘‘point of novelty’’ test is no longer applicable to design patent validity analysis, replaced by the ‘‘ordinary observer’’ test, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held Dec. 17 (International Seaway Trading Corp. v. Walgreens Corp., Fed. Cir., No. 2009- 1237, 12/17/09). Hear what Sterne Kessler Director, Tracy Durkin has to say. The full article is attached.

Reproduced with permission from BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, 79 PTCJ 220 (Jan. 1, 2010). Copyright 2010 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800.372.1033) <http://www.bna.com>

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