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Plaintiff Claimed His Jewelry Design Unique Despite Decades of Prior Art

Summary:


When the prior art was featured as a key defense point, this matrix of
jewelry designs virtually identical to the plaintiff’s design motif proved
that design was a popular choice of jewelry designers around the world
before, during, and after the first appearance of similar designs by the
plaintiff and defendant.

For the first time in its century-long history, a prominent jewelry company was accused of stealing someone’s design. Plaintiff believed that he had originated a rather simple but elegant geometric pattern of diamonds applicable to many different kinds of jewelry. He claimed that after showing this design to defendant, they developed a profitable product line from it without seeking his permission or compensating him. Plaintiff sought $45 million in damages.


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