October 22, 2019
The aesthetic appeal of a design to consumers is inadequate to render a design functional even when the particular design is chosen to match other parts of a whole.
Principles of patent exhaustion and repair and reconstruction apply to both design and utility patents.
The aesthetic functionality doctrine of trademark law does not apply to design patents.
Federal Circuit Court Decisions For Week Ending July 26, 2019
Automotive Body Parts Association v. Ford Global Technologies, LLC, No. 2018-1613 (July 23, 2019) (precedential 3-0); Patent No. D489,299 and D501,685