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Changes Coming in U.S. Design Patent Law and Procedures

A design patent has long been available in the United States for protecting the ornamental appearance of an article of manufacture (sometimes referred to as an "industrial design"). Thus, design patents can be generally...more

United States Takes Final Step to Join the Hague Agreement - Design Patent Law Changes to Take Effect May 13, 2015

In December 2012, Congress passed the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act, which authorizes the United States to become a member of the Hague Agreement for the Registration of Industrial Designs (i.e., design patents). On...more

International Design Applications Under the Hague Agreement: Q&A for Companies Designating the U.S.

In early February 2015, the U.S. announced that it had deposited its instrument of ratification to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (Hague Agreement) with...more

Simplified International Filing of Design Patents Coming in May

The United States has finally taken the steps necessary to join a major international treaty concerning the protection of design patents. This will mean significant changes in the protection of designs in foreign countries....more

United States Completes Deposit for Hague Agreement for Industrial Designs

Today, February 13, 2015, the United States deposited with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Industrial Designs...more

Design Patent Case Digest: Anderson v. Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Decision Dates: September 25, 2013 and July 10, 2014 - Court: W.D. Washington and Federal Circuit - Patent: D401,328 - Holding: Defendant’s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings GRANTED; Complaint...more

Design Patent Case Digest: Robinson v. JoeyBra LLC

Decision Date: May 8, 2013 and June 3, 2014 Court: W.D. Virginia - Patent: D448,541 - Holding: Plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration of order denying preliminary injunction - DENIED. Defendant’s motion for...more

Design Patent Case Digest: Young v. Stone

Decision Date: August 28, 2014 - Court: N.D. Illinois - Patent: D442,661 - Holding: Defendant’s motion for judgment on the pleadings of non-infringement - GRANTED Opinion: Plaintiff...more

Design Patent Case Digest: Reddy v. Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Decision Date: November 18, 2014 - Court: District of Massachusetts - Patent: D677,423 - Holding: Plaintiff’s proposed claim construction ADOPTED - Opinion: Plaintiff Maureen Reddy sued...more

PR Obviousness Challenge of Design Patent Denied

Through two years of inter partes review practice, only 8 petitions were filed that were directed to design patents (out of 1773 total petitions). Given this limited number of petitions, lessons are going to be difficult to...more

No IP Holes in this Crystal Head

We’ve spilled a lot of digital ink here over the past several years discussing the protection of non-traditional trademarks. We’ve also written about the importance of layering various intellectual property rights (trademark,...more

Design Patents Update

In This Presentation: - Part I: Design Patent Overview ...Apple v. Samsung ...What is a Design Patent? ...Differences Between Utility and Design Patents ...Ins and Outs of the Specification ...Benefits &...more

Design Patent Case Digest: High Point Design LLC and Meijer, Inc., Sears Holding Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Buyers Direct,...

Decision Dates: September 11, 2013 and March 26, 2014 - Courts: Federal Circuit and the Southern District of New York Patent: D598,183 - Holding: Grant of summary judgment of invalidity REVERSED and REMANDED; on...more

Seeing Beyond the Doggie Wear: What MCR Innovations Teaches about the Obviousness of Design Patents in the Garment Industry

In the United States, patent protection can be afforded to aesthetic innovation (design patents), and functional innovation (utility patents). Because binding precedent relating to design patents is relatively sparse,...more

Designing applications: Tips for filing design applications in Australia

In This Issue: - Top Tips - Has there been prior disclosure? - Will you receive a Formalities Notice? - What is your ability to amend? - What is the product? - Is there more than...more

Design Patent Case Digest: Wallace v. Ideavillage Products Corp.

Decision Date: September 15, 2014 - Court: District of New Jersey - Patents: D485,990 - Holding: Defendant’s motion for summary judgment: GRANTED - Opinion: Allyson Wallace, initially acting pro se,...more

Why is Intellectual Property Important?

In This Presentation: - Intellectual Property (IP): •Refers to a category of exclusive rights created by statute, including: –Copyrights –Trademarks –Trade Secrets –Utility Patents –Design...more

It’s a Material IP World: Trademarks, Copyrights, Design Patents and Fabric Designs

Fabric design is a creative art form that has existed for thousands of years. Although the methods for creating such designs have evolved, the purpose and function of such designs has not changed as significantly. Fabric...more

Design Patent Case Digest: Weber-Stephen Products LLC v. Sears Holding Corporation

Decision Date: October 20, 2014 - Court: Northern District of Illinois - Patents: D564,834 and D609,045 - Holding: Defendants’ proposed claim construction is REJECTED - Opinion: Plaintiff...more

Law À La Mode - Issue 14 – October 2014 (Global)

In This Issue: - Understanding the EU Consumer Rights Directive: An overview of the new Directive on Consumer Rights and its implementation in Belgium, France, Italy and the UK - Free Zones in the UAE: What do...more

Design Patent Case Digest: Butler v. Balkamp Inc.

Decision Date: September 3, 2014 - Court: Southern District of Indiana - Patents: D500,646 - Holding: Defendants’ motion for summary judgment of non-infringement GRANTED - Opinion: Plaintiff Kenneth...more

2014 IP Record Shows Continued Growth for Design Patent Filings [Video]

Tracy-Gene G. Durkin, director at the intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, P.L.L.C., examines data and trends from the Intellectual Property Owners Association's 2014 IP Record. Ms. Durkin...more

Judge Preska Finds a Design—Although Developed Using Test Equipment—To Be Ornamental

In this dispute concerning U.S. Patent No. D618,132 (“Diamond jewellery (sic)”), Judge Preska denied declaratory judgment plaintiff’s request for summary judgment of patent invalidity and non-infringement, but granted the...more

Design Patent Case Digest - P.S. Products, Inc., v. Activision Blizzard, Inc.

Decision Date: February 21, 2014 - Court: E.D. Arkansas - Patents: D561,294 and D576,246 - Holding: Defendants’ motion to dismiss GRANTED - Opinion: Plaintiffs P.S. Products, Inc. (“P.S.”)...more

Steeda Autosports Seeks to Put the Brakes on Alleged Patent Infringement

Steeda Autosports, Inc. ("Steeda"), a Valdosta, Georgia-based company specializing in the design and manufacture of after-market parts for Ford vehicles, particularly Ford Mustangs, filed suit on August 22, 2014, in the...more

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