Honeywell has lost its motion for a preliminary injunction regarding Eco Manufacturing’s distribution of a round thermostat.  Honeywell’s own thermostat had been the subject of a long-expired utility patent, and thus the round shape of the dial was functional, and not protectable as trade dress.

Eco Manufacturing v. Honeywell, 1:03-cv-0170 (S.D. Ind. June 20, 2003).