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Iron-on Image Patent Ownership, $4.5 Million Award Affirmed

May 13, 2020, 6:14 PM

The owner of iron-on image transfer patents was properly awarded $4.5 million for a competitor’s willful infringement, the Federal Circuit affirmed.

The competitor, Arkwright Advanced Coating Inc., argued Jodi Schwendimann didn’t own the patents when she sued because of an error in filing the assignment of ownership at the patent office.

But the district court correctly found the transfer was valid because Schwendimann and the original patent owner intended to make the transfer, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said in a 2–1 opinion unsealed Wednesday. The decision highlights a disagreement among the judges over who has ...