Bed Bath & Beyond Shows Inequitable Conduct To Nix Patent

Law360, New York (October 8, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT) -- Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. successfully invalidated a clothing hanger patent asserted against the retailer, by convincing a New York federal judge that the plaintiff's attorney intentionally misled U.S. patent authorities about the characteristics of a previously existing product.

U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain said in a Sept. 30 ruling that the misrepresentation of prior art by Worldwide Home Products Inc.'s attorney to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office amounted to inequitable conduct — a ruling scarcely rendered in recent patent fights — and tossed...
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