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Fed. Circ. Upholds BofA Mini Credit Card Patent

Law360 (January 24, 2011, 4:04 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed the validity of Bank of America Corp.’s design patent for a miniature credit card, agreeing that a patent examiner erred in initially rejecting the patent claim as obvious.

In its ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit dashed Vanguard Identification Systems Inc.’s attempt to reinstate the examiner’s overturned decision, holding that Bank of America’s design featuring a mini card with a hole for a key ring was not obvious in light of prior art.

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