Design Patent Case Digest: Spencer v. Taco Bell Corp.
- Tracy-Gene G. Durkin and David K.S. Cornwell
- Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
Plaintiffs Spencer and Mach 5 Leasing, Inc., sued Taco Bell Corporation and Taco Bell Foundation, Inc., for infringement of U.S. Design Patent D643,474.
The patent, entitled “Coin Drop Game,” covers a hexagonal canister with ten pie-shaped pedals inside the canister. A vertical shaft runs through the center of the canister and is connected to the pedals. To play the game, the user drops a coin into the top of the canister and attempts to catch the falling coin on the pedals. The user manipulates the pedals by turning the shaft.
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