Wooly Willy Gets a Reprieve

by Nathan Muller

A federal lawsuit against Smethport Specialty and Smethport Development for the false labeling of Wooly Willy toys with an expired patent number may be set aside.

Recently, a federal judge in Ohio ruled that a law allowing private parties to sue companies for labeling products with expired patent numbers is unconstitutional because it puts too much power into the hands of private entities who are “motivated solely by the prospect of financial gain.”

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