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In re Nalbandian

United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
661 F.2d 1214 (1981)


In 1977, Nalbandian (plaintiff) filed a patent application for the design of illuminable tweezers. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) rejected the application primarily on the basis of a previous patent issued to Johnson, which also featured illuminable tweezers. The two tweezers designs were very similar and distinguishable only by slight differences in the gripping prongs and the fluting on the housing of the spotlights. On appeal, the decision of the PTO was affirmed. Nalbandian appealed the decision.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Nies, J.)

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