Are Monkeys The Same As Pigs? Fed. Circ. Says Yes In Patent

Law360 (May 17, 2019, 8:41 PM EDT) -- You may not find them in the same part of the zoo, but the Federal Circuit isn't distinguishing between monkeys and pigs in a Friday ruling that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board correctly struck down a patent for a hooded blanket with a plush pig on top despite the inventor's attempts to differentiate it from an earlier patent for a hooded sweatshirt with a plush monkey.

In a nonprecedential one-line order, the panel affirmed the PTAB's May 2017 decision to reject several claims in Infinity Headwear & Apparel LLC's patent, which had been challenged in ex parte reexamination in 2015....

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