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Federal Circuit to Sit En Banc to Hear LKQ v. GM Case on Obviousness for Design Patents

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For the first time in over five years, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will be hearing a patent case en banc. The Court has agreed to hear LKQ Corporation v. GM Global Technology Operations LLC, which questions the current standard of non-obviousness that is applied to design patents. LKQ used to act as a licensed repair part vendor for GM. After renewal negotiations fell through in early 2022, GM informed LKQ and its business partners that the parts LKQ was selling were no…
By: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
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