What's Ahead for Design Patents

11th annual USPTO Design Day

Free registration is now open for the 11th annual USPTO Design Day on April 17. The event will be held in Alexandria, VA and broadcast live to several USPTO offices across the country. Industrial designers, educators, examiners, managers, patent attorneys and association leaders including IDSA Executive Daniel Martinage, CAE, will be on hand to see "What’s Ahead for Design Patents."

Topics include: 

  • Introduction of the new director of Tech Center 2900.
  • Developments at the USPTO including updates on ID5 and Design Law Treaty initiatives.
  • Demonstration of the 3D image filing system used by the Korean Intellectual Property Office.
  • Return of the popular Patent Prosecution Best Practices Panel*; experienced practitioners and USPTO examiners will discuss recent examination and prosecution trends.
  • Team presentation from an industrial designer and in-house counsel about strategic protection of designs.
  • Distinguished panel discussing evolving design IP in the context of fashion trends.
  • Mock argument illustrating some implications of prosecution on claim interpretation and enforcement after a patent is issued.
  • Popular case law wrap-up summarizing important design patent decisions in 2016 including Samsung v Apple and recent design patent decisions.

*In preparation for the panel on best practice tips and pitfalls, email your tips for success, or design patent prosecution issues before the USPTO that you’d like to see improved, to Beth Ferrill at elizabeth.ferrill@finnegan.com.

Design Day will also be webcast to all four USPTO regional offices: Silicon Valley, CA; Denver, CO; Dallas, TX; and Detroit, MI. In your registration, please indicate whether you will be attending in Alexandria or via webcast from a regional USPTO office. Please provide an accurate email address and you'll receive an email with the specific location at the regional office once that information is available. Also, indicate your affiliation: government, private practice, in-house counsel, industry, industrial designer, academic or other.

This event is co-sponsored by USPTO, Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), IP Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA-IPL) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).