Optics Maker Burnt In Magnifying Glass IP Row Against Rival

Law360, New York (March 25, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT) -- Magnifying optics maker Carson Optical Inc. suffered a blow Monday when a New York magistrate judge rejected its unfair competition claims against rival Prym Consumer USA Inc. and a retailer who sold the Prym’s magnifiers that Carson claimed infringed its design patents. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlene Lindsay granted motions for partial judgment on the pleadings by Prym and retailer Jo-Ann Stores Inc., finding that Carson’s unfair competition claims were preempted by federal patent law, and ruling that the allegations did not adequately make claims for unfair...
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