United States Federal Circuit

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In re Maatita, 17-2037

Held that a patent application covering the design of an athletic shoe bottom should not have been rejected. The applicant argued that the patent claim met the enablement and definiteness requirements even though it used a single two-dimensional plan-view drawing to disclose the shoe bottom design. Agreeing that a designer of ordinary skill in the art would be able to make comparisons for infringement purposes, the Federal Circuit reversed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's rejection of the patent claim.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/08/20


  • Dyk


  • United States Federal Circuit


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