December 5, 2019
As reported recently, the USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board partially invalidated FigureFun LLC’s (FigureFun) US Patent Nos. 7,001,276 and 7,338,377 for obviousness. The patents relate to FigureFun’s electronic gaming system.
Lego Systems Inc. and Warner Bros Interactive Inc. cited five prior art references, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board concluded that “a person of ordinary skill in the art would have had a reason to combine the asserted references with a reasonable expectation of success”.
In 2017, FigureFun sued Lego and Warner Bros. in the US District Court for the District of Delaware for infringing the two patents. FigureFun claimed that the accompanying toy pads for the Lego Dimensions video game infringed upon its design for a token-based gaming machine with a built-in integrated circuit chip.
Authors: Jaclyn Tilak and Matt McDonald