Riddell Loses Bid To Invalidate Rival's Football Helmet IP

Law360 (September 13, 2018, 8:09 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge Wednesday shot down an attempt by Riddell Inc. to have a design patent held by the maker of Schutt Sports football helmets declared invalid, saying Riddell had not backed its claim Schutt got the patent by deliberately withholding information.

In a counterclaim to Schutt's own patent infringement suit over helmet designs, Riddell argued Schutt failed to disclose that the design of Riddell's Revolution model helmet rendered one of Schutt's designs ineligible for a patent, but U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kennelly said Riddell had failed to show the Patent and Trademark Office would have rejected Schutt's application...

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