Previous Sale Puts Bed Skirt IP Claim To Rest: Circuit

Law360, New York (February 22, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal appellate court has reversed an infringement ruling against Leggett & Platt Inc. over an Atlanta Attachment Co. patent for a bed-skirt-making machine, ruling that embodiments of the patent were sold for profit more than a year after Atlanta Attachment applied for the patent.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled on Thursday that an Atlanta Attachment sale of gusset ruffler machine prototypes to mattress manufacturer Sealy Inc. invalidated a claim of the patent due to the on-sale bar of federal patent...
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