Design Patent Case Digest: MRC Innovations, Inc. v. Hunter Mfg., LLP

Design Patent Case Digest

Plaintiff MRC Innovations, Inc. is the owner of two design patents claiming ornamental designs for football and baseball jerseys for dogs. MRC previously supplied dog jerseys to Defendant Hunter MFG., LLP. After business relations between MRC and Hunter soured, Hunter turned to another supplier, Defendant CDI International, Inc., for dog jerseys. MRC brought suit against Hunter and CDI alleging infringement of patents D634,488 (football jersey) and D634,487 (baseball jersey). Hunter moved for summary judgment on the grounds that the patents were obvious under 35 U.S.C. § 103(a). The district court granted summary judgment to Hunter, holding both patents invalid. 


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