Fed. Circ. Sees No Infringement In Infant Sock Spat

Law360, Washington (November 8, 2013, 3:29 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Friday unanimously affirmed that Skidders Footwear Inc.’s hybrid sock-shoe for toddlers did not infringe on Piggy Pushers LLC’s infant sock patent, saying the patent-in-suit doesn’t cover hybrid products.

In a per curiam order, the three-judge panel agreed with the lower court that Piggy Pushers’ patent-in-suit covers infant socks with “gripper” technology — rubberized material that provides friction — on the soles and toes. However, Skidders’ products don’t use the gripper technology. Rather, they bond a rubberized outsole to a knit sock, which...
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