Hair Clipper IP Row Spawns Rare Inequitable Conduct Ruling

Law360, New York (July 24, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has found that Kim Laube & Co. engaged in inequitable conduct by withholding information to obtain a patent on attachment combs for electric hair clippers, a rare result in the wake of the Federal Circuit's Therasense ruling.

Following a bench trial, U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt issued a ruling on July 18 in favor of Wahl Clipper Corp., which had argued that Laube deliberately withheld information during the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's review of a patent application. The ruling is...
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