M. Kramer Manufacturing Co. v. Andrews

783 F.2d 421 (1986)

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M. Kramer Manufacturing Co. v. Andrews

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
783 F.2d 421 (1986)

  • Written by Alexander Hager-DeMyer, JD

Facts

M. Kramer Manufacturing Company (plaintiff) produced a video game called Hi-Lo Double Up Joker Poker, which was housed in a console. Hugh Andrews (defendant) copied Kramer’s circuit board with minor changes and released a competing game. The rules and play of the two games were almost identical, and Andrews’s console was extremely similar to Kramer’s console. The dimensions of the consoles were the same, the artwork on the consoles was the same, and both consoles featured the name of the game in the exact same position. The only differences were slight color variations. Kramer filed suit for trademark infringement, including a trade-dress cause of action. The district court found in favor of Andrews, and Kramer appealed to the Fourth Circuit. The appellate court specifically addressed the trade-dress cause of action on appeal.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Russell, J.)

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