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October 15, 2019

Court of Appeals Upholds Design Patents for Aftermarket Parts

In a previous post titled Design Patents: Will Design Beat Function Every Time?, we discussed Ford’s win in a lawsuit that sought to invalidate Ford’s design patents covering F-150 aftermarket parts. In a recent precedential decision, the Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s decision and reaffirmed the importance of design patents as a key component of a robust patent portfolio strategy.

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