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OddzOn Products, Inc. v. Just Toys, Inc.
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
122 F.3d 1396 (1997)
OddzOn Products, Inc. (OddzOn) (plaintiff) owned a design patent for a foam, football-shaped ball with a tail and fin. OddzOn’s claimed invention was inspired by two confidential ball designs that had been disclosed to its inventor. OddzOn sold a commercial embodiment of the patent and Just Toys, Inc. (Just Toys) (defendant) sold a competing ball. OddzOn sued Just Toys for infringement of its patent for the ball’s design. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of OddzOn on the issue of invalidity, concluding the design patent was not invalid as obvious considering the prior art, including the two confidential designs. However, because OddzOn failed to prove a reasonable jury would find infringement, the court granted summary judgment in favor of Just Toys on that issue. OddzOn appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Lourie, J.)
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