Jun 15, 2020Legal
Fresh From the Bench: Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases

CASE OF THE WEEK

Munchkin, Inc. v. Luv N’ Care, Ltd., Appeal No. 2019-1454 (Fed. Cir. June 8, 2020)

In its only precedential patent opinion issued this week, the Federal Circuit reversed an award of attorneys’ fees for patent, trademark, and trade dress infringement claims pertaining to spill-proof cups. The case presented an unusual case for a fee award, as none of the claims had been adjudicated on the merits, and the Federal Circuit found that the district court abused its discretion in granting fees without making the detailed, fact-based analysis required to establish that the claims were so substantively meritless as to render the case exceptional.

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Written by: Scott D. Eads and Nika Aldrich, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

Contributor: Jason Wrubleski

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