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Design Patent Wars: The Icon Menace

Much of the success of Apple products can be traced to Apple’s emphasis on design as being equal or greater than the technical advancement of its products. Talking with a product designer the other day, we both remarked on...more

Federal Circuit Review - December 2013

Apple Awarded Permanent Injunction - In Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Appeal No. 13-1129, the Federal Circuit vacated denial of a permanent injunction with respect to Apple’s utility patents and affirmed denial...more

Apple, Inc. - A Case Study in Successful Exploitation of Design and Innovation

Some of the world’s strongest consumer products companies have achieved this success by harmoniously integrating technical innovation and distinctive product design. Worldwide brands such as Bang & OlufsenTM are built on...more

Burr Alert: Cheap, Powerful Patent Protection

Remember the Apple v. Samsung patent case, where Apple won $1billion? That was largely a design patent case; A billion dollars for a patent that cost $4-5k to obtain. That is a 330,000x return on investment. Think that your...more

What's Next in Design Patents [Video]

The landmark case Apple v. Samsung marked the first time that a U.S. court has considered infringement of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) design patent and may be indicative of the future design patent landscape. In this...more

Double Exposure: Keeping Your Confidential Information Out of the Public Eye in the Wake of Apple v. Samsung

The issues that a court must address in determining whether to seal the record in a patent case present an interesting counterpoint to most other aspects of high-stakes litigation, in which one typically finds adversaries...more

Design Patent Flexes Muscle

The design patent is perceived by many designers and patent attorneys as being a relatively weak and impotent patent protection mechanism as compared with the better-respected utility patent. It is typically thought that...more

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