7th Circ. Affirms Trademark Loss For Chair Maker

Law360, New York (August 13, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT) -- A longtime manufacturer of folding chairs has lost a bid to hang onto a trademark for its collapsible “x-frame” design, with a federal appeals court ruling that nothing in the chairs' construction was distinctive enough to warrant protection.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that the chair design used by Greenwich Industries LP, which has manufactured x-frame folding chairs for more than 80 years, was functional and ineligible for protection even as a common law trademark.

The ruling affirms a decision...
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