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Jury Should Hear ‘Functionality’ Issue (access required)

In plaintiff’s suit alleging defendant Kimberly-Clark’s use of a dot pattern in its absorbent “GoodNites” bed mats infringed plaintiff’s rights in its own dot-embossed pattern for a textile-like absorbent material, the jury should have been allowed to decide whether the dot pattern was “functional” or merely ornamental, and the 4th Circuit vacates summary judgment for ...