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SVIPLA - March 24 Mtg. - Design Patents-Global Considerations

  • 24 Mar 2016
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Sofitel Hotel, Redwood City


Design Patents-Global Considerations
A Panel Presentation

DATE: Thursday, March 24, 2016
6:00 p.m. -
Registration, Networking  & Cash Bar
6:45 p.m. - Light Supper
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Program

    LOCATION: Sofitel Hotel
223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City
(Conveniently located off Hwy. 101 at Redwood Shores Parkway) 
(Validated parking included in registration fee)


The importance of design patents continue to grow. As companies continue to look for protection overseas, interest in filing of design registrations outside the United States has increased. Moreover, as products become increasingly interactive, innovative companies seeking to protect their graphical user interfaces (GUIs) have filed design patents at a rapid rate. Companies need to be aware of the basics of filing design patents outside the United States, including the differences between examination and registration systems, the different application requirements, and the variable grace periods for pre-filing disclosures of the design. The rules on filing GUI applications can be even more intricate.

The session will begin with an overview of international design filings and GUI filings. Then, a panel will examine the advantages and disadvantages of international and GUI design patent protection and offer best practices for leveraging design patents to protect GUIs as part of a larger patent portfolio. 

Elizabeth Ferrill, Partner, Finnegan. Beth counsels clients who hold design patents as well as those accused of infringement. She has experience with consumer and industrial products, medical devices, transportation and construction vehicles, and graphical user interfaces and icons. She has prosecuted families of design patents before the USPTO, directed prosecution in foreign countries, and argued appeals before the PTAB. She also litigates design patent matters at the U.S. district court level that include trade dress claims.

Bradley Riel, IP Counsel, Nest Labs. Bradley is experienced in drafting and prosecuting patents with U.S., European, and Japanese patent offices, including design patents, providing validity opinions, patentability opinions, and freedom to operate opinions. His experience also includes providing litigation support.

Additional panelists to be announced.

If you have problems registering for the March meeting and want to make a reservation, please email Casey at caseymj10@hotmail.com.

Current Meeting Fees:
$65 - SVIPLA Member
$40 - In-house Counsel
$30 - Student
$89 - Non-member

DEADLINE FOR RESERVATION OR CANCELLATION: Tuesday noon, March 22, 2016. Online registration automatically closes at that time - please make your reservation online by the deadline as there are only a few extra spaces allotted at the meeting for walk-ins. The venue may not be able to serve meals beyond the guaranteed number expected for the meeting.

SVIPLA Tax ID#-77-0491659

MCLE: This event will qualify for 1 hour of CLE credit. The Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. 

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