Similarity of design (Infringement case) (Partial Design right)
(Conclusion) Defendant’s design is similar to the registered design. (Design right owner won.)
The Design right holder had many partial design rights for “Indicator light for game machines,” and enforced several ones of them.
Other designs were judged invalid, but this resistered (partial) design was admitted valid and also admitted to be similar in the part resistered.
The Design right holder’s strategy to have many partial design rights was successful.
<Writer: Hideki Takaishi (Attorney-at-law licensed in Japan and California)>