Similarity of design (Infringement case)
(Conclusion) Infringer’s design is similar to the registered design.(Design right owner won.)
Before this application, a water-slider-type “Flowing Somen Noodle Machine” which also has a rotator in the center of the tray portion like a running-water-pool-type did not exist.
Therefore, the novel feature of the registered design was the combination of both water-slider-type and running-water-pool-type features.
<Writer: Hideki Takaishi (Attorney-at-law licensed in Japan and California)>