From Spoons To Smartphones | Carani, Chris

In the worldwide battle royale between consumer tech titans Apple and Samsung, design rights have taken center stage. In the US, a jury recently awarded Apple $1.05B, representing at the time the largest US patent infringement damages award of all time. The lion’s share of the award relates to Samsung’s infringement of US design patents. In the wake of this blockbuster verdict, companies and designers the world over are taking a second, hard look at design rights. In this session, leading design patent attorney Christopher V. Carani will discuss the US Supreme Court’s 1871 design patent case Gorham v. White (spoons) and also the on-going battle of Apple v. Samsung (smartphones). He will discuss cutting edge concepts for protecting not only traditional industrial design, but also graphic user interfaces and icons.