IDSA Marks USPTO Design Day’s 10th Year

What's Trending in Design?

On April 19, 2016, IDSA Executive Director Daniel Martinage, CAE, and IDSA Board of Directors Chair Emeritus Austen Angell, FIDSA, will speak in front of a capacity crowd on What’s Trending in Design at the 10th annual United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Design Day. “We’ll explore how design has an impact on the economy and quality of life—every day and in every way,” says Martinage.

They'll also take a closer look at IDSA's major programs and initiatives, and showcase former winning products from IDSA's International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA)—as the prestigious competition begins its 36th year.

Also on hand from IDSA: Peter Bressler, FIDSA; Cooper Woodring, FIDSACharles Mauro, IDSA; and Christopher Carani, Esq., A/IDSA of IDSA Ambassador McAndrews, Held & Malloy.

Robert Katz, A/IDSA, of Banner & Witcoff, will participate in a panel on Patent Prosecution Best Practices Panel: Views from Examiners and Practitioners.

USPTO Design Day promises lively and thought-provoking discussion about all aspects of design patents from conception through enforcement, such as:

  • Developments at the USPTO .including training of new design patent examiners and the new ID5 initiative.
  • Updates on US implementation of the Hague system from the World Intellectual Property Organization's perspective.
  • Best practice tips and pitfalls of design patent prosecution from experienced practitioners and USPTO examiners.
  • Tip from industry leaders about how to take a design from concept to patenting to enforcement.
  • Updates and changes to the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure and the effect on design practice.
  • Important design patent decisions in the past year as summarized in the popular case law wrap-up.

And for the first time, Design Day will be webcast to all four USPTO regional offices; Silicon Valley, CA; Denver, CO; Dallas, TX; and Detroit, MI.  USPTO Design Day is co-sponsored by IDSA; American Intellectual Property Law Association; IP Law Section, American Bar Association; Intellectual Property Owners Association; and USPTO.

Admission is free but registration is required. USPTO requests registrants indicate whether you will attend in Alexandria, or watch the webcast at a regional USPTO office, so you can receive information on the location of the regional office.