2016 Design Law Sessions

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OCTOBER 14, 2016 

WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

SPEAKER:

  • John M. Whealan, Associate Dean for Intellectual Property Law, GW Law (view bio)


 

MORNING SESSION 1:

DESIGN PATENT DAMAGES

This session will review the long awaited U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Apple v. Samsung, which will have taken place earlier in the week, including a discussion about the various positions briefed by the parties and amici. Predictions on the ultimate outcome will also be discussed.

SPEAKERS:

  • Moderator: Robert Katz, Banner & Witcoff (view bio)
  • Christopher Burrell, Director & Senior Counsel, Samsung Electronics
  • Mark S. Davies, Orrick (view bio)
  • Mark Janis, The Center for Intellectual Property Research, Maurer School of Law (view bio)
  • Brian Racilla, USPTO, Office of the Solicitor (view bio)
  • Rebecca Tushnet, Georgetown Law (view bio)

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MORNING SESSION 2:

THE CURRENT STATE OF THE LAW UNDER 35 U.S.C. § 102, 103 AND 112

The way the case law has developed the tests for anticipation and obviousness are nearly indistinguishable, or are they?  This session will talk about how the law has developed, whether the International Seaway standard for anticipation makes sense or is good law, and whether the traditional principles for proving obviousness apply or should apply to design patents.

SPEAKERS:

  • Moderator: Daniel A. Gajewski, Sterne Kessler, Goldstein & Fox (view bio)
  • Elizabeth Ferrill, Finnegan (view bio)
  • William LaMarca, USPTO, Office of the Solicitor (view bio)
  • Perry J. Saidman, Saidman DesignLaw Group (view bio)

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KEYNOTE PROGRAM:

INTERNATIONAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARDS SUMMARY

SPEAKER:

  • Karen Berube, Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) (view bio)

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AFTERNOON SESSION 1:

DESIGN PATENTS AND ECOMMERCE

This session will discuss the challenge of policing knockoffs and design patent infringements in the “wild west” of online retailing, including web host liability, inducement and contributory infringement, take down efforts, destruction policies, and what, if  anything, a design rights holder can do to stop this rapidly growing problem.

SPEAKERS:

  • Moderator: Judy Yee, Microsoft (view bio)
  • Christopher V. Carani, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. (view bio)
  • Howard S. Hogan, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (view bio)

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AFTERNOON SESSION 2:

PRODUCT CONFIGURATION TRADE DRESS

This session will look at recent case law, including the Converse ITC case involving footwear, the Apple v. Samsung case, and consider how to best protect and defend product configuration under the trademark laws, and whether to strategically combine trade dress with design rights in an enforcement proceeding. The session will also address issues of infringement and validity, including, functionality.

SPEAKERS:

  • Moderator: Tracy-Gene G. Durkin, Sterne Kessler, Goldstein & Fox (view bio)
  • Jyotin (Joe) Hamid, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Charles Hooker, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton (view bio)
  • Erik Maurer, Banner & Witcoff (view bio)

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TOWN HALL DISCUSSION

A lively town hall discussion will address a range of cutting edge design-related topics.


 

RECEPTION