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Blisscraft v. Rona Plastic Corp.

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS, SECOND CIRCUIT


decided: February 2, 1955.

BLISSCRAFT, ALSO KNOWN AS AND DOING BUSINESS AS BLISSCRAFT OF HOLLYWOOD, CHARLES O. BLISS, BEATRICE BLISS AND WALTER MULLER, PLAINTIFFS,
v.
RONA PLASTIC CORPORATION, DEFENDANT.

Before SWAN and MEDINA, Circuit Judges, and DIMOCK, District Judge.

Per Curiam.

The commercial embodiment of the design patent in suit is a plastic butter dish. Prior to patenting the design the patentee examined all the butter dishes on the market and hit upon a slightly different shape which his wife said had "appeal". The purchasing public apparently agreed with her, for the plaintiffs have sold more than 4,000,000 of such dishes since they began to manufacture the article in 1948. Judge Noonan ruled the patent, if valid, was infringed, but held it invalid for lack of invention. We agree.

The judgment is affirmed on the opinion of the district court, 123 F.Supp. 552.

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