Monday, October 21, 2013

Design Patent Links - October 21, 2013

This week brings us news of the second major design patent conference this year! On November 21, Suffolk Law School will be hosting a design patent conference entitled “Design Patents: Modernizing an Old Property Interest.” This is the second major design patent conference of 2013, which speaks to the increasing importance of design patents in a robust intellectual property portfolio. Hopefully Suffolk will settle on a useful hashtag for the event, much like Stanford did with their own design conference back in April with great success.

Last week, the Faculty Lounge blog posted an interesting discussion of the ornamentality requirement (or lack thereof) in design patent law.

The design patent shapewear war between Spanx and Yummie Tummie is transferring to New York after some fancy footwork by counsel for Yummie Tummie.

JDSupra published an interesting design patent article penned by Brent Dougal of Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP, titled “Design Patents: A Low Cost Option for Expedited Patent Protection.” We have often remarked that dollar for dollar, design patents probably afford more protection than any other form of IP. They are relatively cheap to obtain, and if asserted by a knowledgeable design patent litigator, should be very inexpensive to assert.

The Law of Fashion Blog has posted a interesting roundup of fashion-related design patents that author Charles Coleman will be discussing in his forthcoming article in the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology Digest.

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