Functionality : CAFC Alert

“Ordinary Designer” Standard Should Be Used in Design Patent Obviousness Analysis

Kumiko Ide | October 24, 2013

High Point Design LLC, et al. v. Buyer’s Direct, Inc.

September 11, 2013

Panel: O’Malley, Schall, and Wallach. Opinion by Schall

Summary 

This case addresses obviousness and functionality analysis for design patents.  The CAFC stated that the obviousness of a design patent must be analyzed from the perception of a designer of ordinary skill in the field to which the design pertains. With regards to functionality, a design that can perform functions can be protected under design patent so long as the claimed design is “primarily ornamental” and not “primarily functional.”

意匠特許の自明性を判断する場合には、その意匠の分野の当業者の観点から分析を行うことが必要とされる。また、機能的な要素を有する意匠でも、その意匠が主として機能的ではなく、主として装飾的であれば、意匠特許の対象となる。


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