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Northern Ireland firm Shnuggle loses design ruling

A judge in London has ruled on a trans-Atlantic row over baby bath design after two companies fell out (stock photo)
A judge in London has ruled on a trans-Atlantic row over baby bath design after two companies fell out (stock photo)

By Brian Farmer

A judge in London has ruled on a trans-Atlantic row over baby bath design after two companies fell out.

Shnuggle, which is based in Newtownards, Co Down, said Munchkin, which is based in Van Nuys, California, had infringed its design rights.

Munchkin disputed the claims made by Shnuggle.

Judge Melissa Clarke has made rulings in favour of Munchkin after overseeing a trial at the High Court.

She concluded that Munchkin's Sit & Soak bath was not a copy of Shnuggle Designs.

The judge told the court that she had last bought a baby bath 13 years ago and explained that it was little more than an "elongated bucket" and designs had now become significantly more sophisticated.

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