Appeals Court Calls LeapFrog's Toy Patent "Obvious"

Law360, New York (May 10, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Upholding a ruling that a patent over a children’s educational toy was obvious and invalid, the Federal Circuit on Wednesday pronounced the end of a lawsuit between rival toymakers LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. and Fisher-Price Inc. that had dragged on for years.

LeapFrog had filed the patent suit back in October 2003 over Fisher-Price’s PowerTouch product, an interactive book designed to help children learn to read.

LeapFrog, which has cornered the market in talking electronic books for children, claimed that the Fisher-Price PowerTouch pad infringed LeapFrog’s patents...
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