Creating a better blend to your smoothie or shake may have just a gotten a little easier, with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in a split decision of Homeland Housewares, LLC v. Whirlpool Corp., finding Whirlpool’s patent invalid.
Whirlpool previously obtained U.S. Patent No. 7,581,688, which was generally directed at the innovation of slowing down the blade speed within the blender, or a “settling speed,” to more effectively blend the internal contents “quickly and reliably.” Contrary to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, this innovation, however, was found by the Federal Circuit to previously exist, thereby invalidating Whirlpool’s patent.
Everybody get ready for better Margaritas!
While not a terribly surprising opinion, it is somewhat of a reminder to innovators and inventors to not sit around with their inventions and file a patent application as early as possible.