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Eversheds fashions victory in hanger design right case

  • United Kingdom

    08-11-2012

    Global law firm Eversheds has won a victory for its client Mainetti, a global manufacturer of garment hangers in the Patents County Court. The court ruling found that three designs for garment hangers were valid and infringed by the defendants' products, in the case of Mainetti (UK) Ltd v Hangerlogic UK Ltd.
     
    Two actions were brought before the Court. The first was brought by Mainetti (UK) Limited ('Mainetti') against Hangerlogic UK Limited for infringement of three registered designs for garment hangers. Three products were alleged to infringe. However the infringement was denied and Hangerlogic counterclaimed for revocation of all three registered designs.

    The second action was brought by Hangerlogic at a fairly late stage. Hangerlogic had made some changes to the design of the allegedly infringing hangers and sought a declaration that each of the redesigns does not infringe. In that action, Mainetti counterclaimed for infringement by the redesigns.

    The Patents County Court ruled that three registered designs for garment hangers were valid and infringed by the defendants' garment hangers.

    Mr Recorder Iain Purvis QC held that all of the designs were valid as they contained features that were materially different from the cited prior art and did not constitute variants common in the trade. He concluded that the defendant's hangers, which contained the features that gave the claimant's designs their originality, gave the same overall impression as the registered designs.

    The Eversheds team was led by Partner Antony Gold and Senior Associate Kate Ellis. Antony commented:

    "Design infringement is a huge problem for manufacturers in this sector and we are very pleased to have won this case for our valued client, Mainetti. The Patents County Court proved to be an ideal forum for this dispute."

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