USPTO Issues Patent For Bank Layout

Law360, New York (June 24, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent to Washington Mutual Inc., the largest savings & loans bank in the U.S., for the layout and design of its retail branches.

In a statement, Washington Mutual said it was the first time the USPTO had issued a patent for a bank layout.

U.S. patent No. 6,681,985 describes Washington Mutual's retail banking stores as places that "create a welcoming and inviting environment for a customer" and are "in sharp contrast to traditional bank branches."

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