Fed. Circ. Rips Milk Frother Patent Verdict, Orders New Trial

Law360, New York (August 15, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Wednesday harshly criticized an Illinois federal judge's handling of a patent trial over a device for frothing milk, with a concurring judge going so far as to call the case an “example of what is wrong with our patent system.”

The court's majority opinion said U.S. District Judge Milton I. Shadur had improperly excluded so much evidence and testimony from a trial over whether Meyer Corp.'s patents for a milk frother were invalid due to obviousness that defendant Bodum Inc. was effectively...
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