Wake Forest Law Review, Vol. 25, No. 3 (1990), pp. 385-428


This article discusses the Bonito Boats and Interpart cases in conjunction with the lower courts' interpretations of the challenged state "plug molding" statutes. It analyzes the Supreme Court's resolution of the conflict between the Bonito Boats and Interpart decisions and then explores the ramifications of Bonito Boats. The article concentrates on the ways in which this decision may expand the scope of federal preemption of state law protection for certain kinds of intellectual property.