Eric Amundsen

Eric Amundsen counsels clients on strategic patent portfolio development, clearance studies, and patent validity and infringement opinions. With over 15 years of experience in the patent field, Eric has worked with a wide variety of technologies, including manufacturing and testing equipment, sporting goods, medical devices, consumer products, furniture, software, and business methods. Eric has represented clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies, and has extensive experience with design patents.

Recent Posts

Federal Circuit Provides Guide to Determining Scope of Design Patents Having Functional Components

Posted by Eric Amundsen on Oct 4, 2016

Eric Amundsen

Determining the scope of a design patent claim can be challenging when functional components form part of the claim. In Sport Dimension, Inc. v. The Coleman Company, Inc., the Federal Circuit provided a guide for determining whether components of the claimed design serve a functional purpose.

What This Means to You

  • Design patents can be granted for designs having functional components
  • Structural elements serving a functional purpose will not be entirely eliminated from a design patent claim
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