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Spillproof Cup IP Case Didn’t Justify Attorneys’ Fees: Fed. Cir.

June 8, 2020, 5:58 PM

A company’s pursuit of patent and trademark infringement claims involving spillproof cups didn’t justify attorneys’ fees because a California federal court erred in finding the case “exceptional,” the Federal Circuit said Monday.

Munchkin Inc. initially sued Luv n’ Care Ltd. for infringing trademarks related to Munchkin’s “Click Lock” spillproof cups with its “Clik It!” cups. Munchkin amended its complaint to change the version of the logo at issue over LNC’s objection, and added trade dress and patent infringement claims. Munchkin dropped the trademark and trade dress claims, and later dropped its patent claims after the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ...

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