IDSA Member to Deliver Keynote at USPTO Design Day

Designs Worth Protecting

Oct 3 2016 - 2:23pm

IDSA member and Apple's first industrial design director Robert Brunner is serving as the keynote speaker at the 9th annual US Patent and Trademark Office’s Design Day—a free event that will be held from 8:30 to 5 pm on April 14, 2015 at the Madison Auditorium, 600 Dulany Street in Alexandria, VA. Registration is required.

USPTO examiners, managers, design patent practitioners and industrial designers from across the country will cover the theme, “Designs Worth Protecting,” with a lively and thought-provoking discussion about design patent enforcement. Recent Changes in the Law Have Impacted Design Experts will be moderated by Charles L. Mauro, IDSA, and feature the following notable IDSA Fellows: Cooper Woodring, Peter Bressler and Ron Kemnitzer.

Attendees can learn how:

  • the USPTO is training its new examiners;
  • experienced patent practitioners have filed applications under the Hague Agreement, which the U.S. is preparing to join;
  • design patents are faring post-grant proceedings. 

They also can find out more about the experiences of industrial designers serving as experts in design patent infringement cases and key design patent decisions.

Brunner co-founded LUNAR in 1984 and founded Ammunition in 2007. He’s been named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” and his work has won nearly two dozen IDEAs and is included in the permanent design collections of the Museum of Modern Art. Brunner co-authored the book, “Do You Matter? How Great Design Will Make People Love Your Company.”

The USPTO’s Design Day is co-sponsored by IDSA; the American Intellectual Property Law Association; the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association; and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.