Norgren Clamp Patent Doesn't Cut It, Fed. Circ. Rules

Law360, New York (November 14, 2012, 6:29 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a U.S. International Trade Commission decision that a connector clamp patent held by engineering firm Norgren Inc. was invalid, though the decision came with a dissent that said the central basis of the majority's ruling “defies logic.”

The court's majority agreed that rival SMC Corp. hadn't infringed Norgren's patented design for a connector clamp used in compressed-air systems, seconding the ITC's decision that the patent was obvious because it simply added a small feature to an older, pre-existing device....
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