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Recap on Design Patent Drawings

This post is a follow-up to our prior post To Seek Design Protection or Not, That is the Question! where we discuss situations where it is worth considering seeking a design patent. Here we highlight takeaways from a USPTO...more

Patent Myths Corrected – Part One

by Weintraub Tobin on

Patent law is a complicated area of law governed by a confusing set of statutes and regulations that are interpreted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and the federal courts. Patents themselves are...more

Cannabis Industry FAQ

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Can marijuana businesses receive federal copyright protection? Yes. The requirements for registration with the U.S. Copyright Office are that the work is original, creative and fixed in some form of expression. These...more

Patents 101: The Different Types of Patents

by Revision Legal on

Any business entity or inventor that is considering securing patent rights for a novel and non-obvious invention needs to know a little bit about the different types of patents that are available from the United States Patent...more

Reflections on USPTO Design Day 2017: What’s Next?

Each April, the design patent community gathers at the USPTO to discuss design prosecution and protection. This year, on April 25, another sell-out crowd of over 300 people attended the 11th Annual USPTO Design Day, which is...more

To Seek Design Protection or Not, That is the Question!

While design patents are gaining wider attention—thanks in part to the highly-publicized litigation involving Samsung and Apple—they still remain an underutilized form of intellectual property (IP) protection.  This blog...more

Understanding the similarities and differences between priority claims in Canada and the U.S.

by Smart & Biggar on

A valid priority claim can allow a patent application to benefit from the filing date of an earlier patent application so as to exclude certain prior art from consideration. The recent decision of the U.S. Federal Circuit in...more

Design Patents – The Often Forgotten, But Useful Protection for Accessories and a Designer’s Timeless and Staple Pieces

by Knobbe Martens on

What is a design patent? Although trademarks and copyrights most frequently come to mind when considering the types of intellectual property protection available for fashion items, design patents can also offer valuable...more

Australian designs law - where is reform headed?

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

It was back in 2012 that Australia’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) was first tasked with conducting the Review of the Designs System. In 2013 ACIP published an issues paper and in 2014 an options paper....more

An Illuminating Discussion About Design Patents

Design patents protect the aesthetic appearance of a product or portion of the product. The aesthetic appearance is affected by a number of things, including whether the product is illuminated. However, how does one capture...more

An Animated Review of Design Patents

Design patents protect the appearance of articles of manufacture, and this includes articles of manufacture whose appearance changes over time. In particular, animated displays on computers and other electronic devices can...more

Iconography

It is pretty well known that icons can be protected with design patents, however we continue to adhere to the fiction that it is not the icon we are protecting, but the substrate decorated with the icon that we are...more

Know your patent documents

Most are familiar with a U.S. utility patent, have a seven digit number followed by a “B”...more

Blog: What You Should Know About the UK Patent Process

by Cooley LLP on

Patents provide inventors exclusive rights in their discoveries. Entrepreneurs in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, medical device and many other fields look favourably upon the benefits of patents, including...more

Selling Products Outside the US? If Yes, New Patent Laws are Available to Streamline International Design Protection

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In recognition of ever growing cross-border sales, the U.S. recently expanded its design protection laws to make it easier to file a single application in multiple jurisdictions. Read on if you deal with products that could...more

U.S. Institutes New International Design Applications

by Baker Donelson on

In February 2015, the United States completed steps to become a member of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (Hague Agreement). The Hague Agreement went into effect for the...more

US Patent and Trademark Office Implements Significant Changes to Design Patent Application Filings

by Lane Powell PC on

Significant changes in design patent law became effective May 13. The biggest change is that the U.S. and Japan are now members of the Hague Union. The Hague Union is part of an international treaty that establishes a simple...more

Hague to Break It to You: International Design Applications Are Not a Silver Bullet for Multijurisdictional Protection

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

As of May 13, 2015, the Hague Agreement is fully implemented in the United States. There has been a significant amount of excitement regarding the U.S. accession to the Hague Agreement, which includes an extension of U.S....more

Beware Change to RCE Practice Hidden in USPTO’s Final Rules for Hague Agreement Implementation

by WilmerHale on

Summary: Effective May 13, 2015, a US national stage application for which an inventor’s oath or declaration (or substitute statement, as applicable) has not been filed is not eligible for an RCE filing. On April 2,...more

International Design Patent Filing Option Available May 13, 2015, to U.S. Filers

Beginning May 13, 2015, U.S. applicants will be able to file international design patent applications through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In addition, U.S. design patents resulting from applications filed on or...more

Top Eight Things You Should Know About the Hague System For International Registration of Designs

U.S. applicants will soon be able to use a streamlined international filing procedure for design patents similar to the Madrid Protocol for trademark registrations. Currently, U.S. applicants seeking to protect designs in...more

Designing applications: Tips for filing design applications in Australia

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

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

Protection of Designs in the United States

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

In recent years, protection of designs has become of increasing importance. As Steve Jobs famously noted: “People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s...more

Design Patents: New Implications from the Hague Agreement

Tracy-Gene Durkin, director at the intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C., discusses the implications of the Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Industrial Designs. She...more

Warning: Unsolicited Requests For Payment Of Fees

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

Owners of patent or design applications or registrations should be aware that there are bogus operators in existence who take the published details of such applications to send out invoices for unnecessary publications or...more

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