Design Law 2016

IDSA played a role in Design Law 2016, held on Oct. 14 at George Washington University's School of Law to foster debate on cutting edge design-related topics. The event was attended by design patent attorneys, federal government representatives, corporate practitioners, product designers, professors, students and more.

IDSA Ambassador Banner & Witcoff's Robert Katz, A/IDSA, moderated a panel on "Design Patent Damages" which featured director and lead counsel from Samsung, Christopher Burrell; lead patent counsel for Apple, Jeff Myers; Mark Davies from Orrick; faculty from Georgetown and Maurer law schools; and a representative from the USPTO's Office of the Solicitor. The panel reviewed the Oct, 11 US Supreme Court oral arguments in Samsung v Apple.

Daniel Gajewski of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox led another panel which included Perry J. Saidman, A/IDSA, of Saidman DesignLaw GroupIDSA Sr. Creative Director Karen Berube delivered the keynote program with a presentation on winners from one of the world's most rigorous and prestigious design compositions, IDSA's International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), which opens next for entry Dec. 1, 2016.

Two more panels followed. "Design Patents and E-Commerce" was moderated by Judy Yee of Microsoft and included Christopher Carani, A/IDSA, of IDSA Ambassador McAndrews, Held & Malloy.  "Product Configuration and Trade Dress" included Eric Maurer, also of Banner & Witcoff. The day wrapped up with a town hall discussion and reception.

On Oct. 13, Katz participated in a conference on Samsung v. Apple at American University School of Law. He said requiring patent owners to present expert testimony and consumer survey results to support charges that consumers bought the entire product because of the patented design is expensive and “breaks the system.”