Thursday, April 1, 2010

Upcoming Events

We here at The Ordinary Observer wanted to spread the word about a couple of design patent-related events to be held in the next few weeks that promise to be very interesting.

On Tuesday, April 6, the USPTO will host its Fourth Annual Design Day Open House and Conference. “Design Day 2010: The Art of Design” is a day-long program that will provide a forum for design practitioners from around the country to meet with USPTO officials and discuss the state of design patent examination. Similar to previous years, the afternoon session will focus on industry presentations and highlight the unique role that design patents play within various industry sectors. Recent case law will also be discussed. Events will be held from 8:00 until 4:30. The program is open to all and there is no fee. However, for planning purposes pre-registration is encouraged and can be done on-line at

Also, on Thursday, April 15 at 2:00pm ET, the IPO will host a webinar entitled “Design Patents: The Latest from the Federal Circuit.” The webinar will address Int’l Seaway Trading v. Walgreens [analyzed here], Croc v. ITC, and Richardson v. Stanley Works, three recent design patent decisions that issued from the Federal Circuit. The featured speakers will include Christopher V. Carani, of McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.; Robert S. Katz, of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.; and Damian Porcari, of Ford Global Technologies LLC. Registration information for the webinar can be found here.

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