Developments in Patent Law: The Important but Often Overlooked Role of Design Patents
Design patents have been getting increased attention recently. As the Apple v. Samsung case concludes, the design patents outweighed the utility patents both in terms of financial advantage and the issues raised. Other recent cases have also increased the value of design patents, particularly at a time when utility patents are under attack from the patent office and the courts.
Topics we will address include:
- Design patents as a strategic asset in your IP portfolio
- Differences between utility patents and design patents in terms of scope, infringement, and damages
- Differences between design patent protection and trademark protection
- Strategies for protecting new product ideas using design patents
CLE: Oregon 1.25 General CLE Credits (pending approval)