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Design Patent Owners Find Hope In Wake Of Apple Ruling

Law360, New York (November 17, 2017, 9:01 PM EST) -- Amid uncertainty over payouts for infringement for design patents, Columbia Sportswear's recent multimillion-dollar trial win in a case over cold-weather gear has been a source of hope for patent owners, and is among a handful of cases that may signal where the law is headed.

Columbia Sportswear North America Inc.'s case against Seirus Innovative Accessories involved a patent directed to a pattern on heat-reflective material used in things like gloves. Jurors awarded Columbia just over $3 million, an amount that reflects the total profit Seirus earned...
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