Fed. Circ. Affirms Tokai Lighter Patents' Invalidity

Law360, New York (January 31, 2011, 5:58 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Monday upheld a lower court's finding that Tokai Corp.'s patents for a utility rod lighter safety mechanism are invalid due to obviousness.

In a 2-1 decision the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that the U.S. District for the Central District of California had properly granted summary judgment of invalidity to Easton Enterprises Inc. in a patent infringement suit brought by Tokai.

Tokai sued Easton Enterprises in July 2007 for infringing three patents related to a safety feature for...
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