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.