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Chief Judge Sleet Construes Terms of “Jousting Toy” Tops Patent

Chief Judge Sleet recently issued his constructions of disputed claim terms in a patent related to “jousting toy” spinning tops. The patent is being asserted against Lego.
Judge Sleet construed the following terms:
– “stable footing on said playing surface to maintain said body section in an upright position without the use of centrifugal force”
– “[first playing component configured to] kinetically engage and form a scoring connection with a second playing component”
– “hooked arm connecting to said wire frame hoop”
– “means for rotating said body section”
– “means for carrying said body section above a playing surface”
– “means for providing a stable footing on said playing surface to maintain said body section in an upright position without the use of centrifugal force”
– “means for kinetically engaging said first playing component with a second jousting element to form a scoring connection”
Battle Toys, LLC v. Lego Systems, Inc., C.A. No. 12-928-GMS, Order at 1-10 (D. Del. Dec. 2, 2013).

Battle Toys, LLC v. Lego Systems, Inc., C.A. No. 12-928-GMS (D. Del. Dec. 2, 2013).

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