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November 29, 2012

Eyewear

Revision Military sued Balboa for infringing its protective eyewear design patents. The district court wrongly applied its own circuit law, rather than Federal circuit law, in denying a preliminary injunction, as well as applying an out-of-date criteria for determining whether an injunction should be granted. On appeal, that decision was reversed. The CAFC panel (2011-1628) also reminded that it has discarded its own earlier law with regard to figuring out whether to grant an injunction; instead reverting back to case law of 1871. That the courts make laws willy-nilly highlights that Congress is ever-negligent in writing statute, as well as the fact that court-fabricated law, particularly with regard to patents, is capricious.

Posted by Patent Hawk at November 29, 2012 1:23 PM | Design Patents