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Design Day 2013 - A Smashing Success!


Design Day 2013 Poster 


Design Day 2013: Designs in the New Digital Age

Seventh Annual USPTO Design Patent Conference

Tuesday, April 23, 2013



On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law and the Industrial Designers Society of America co-sponsored Design Day 2013:  Designs in the New Digital Age.

With over 275 attendees, this year's conference had the highest participation ever, focusing on the recent surprising increase in patenting graphical user interface and icon designs.  Our thanks to all who participated in this timely and thought-provoking forum on design patent practice. 


We look forward to seeing you at Design Day 2014!


8:30 - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast   

Sponsor:  AIPLA 

9:00 - 9:15

Welcome and Kick-off

Peggy Focarino, Commissioner for Patents, USPTO


Introduction of Sponsors 

9:15 – 9:30

State of the Design Technology Center

Robert P. Olszewski, Director, Technology Center  2900, USPTO

9:30 – 10:15

More About the Written Description Requirement of 35 USC 112(a)

Joel Sincavage, Design Practice Specialist, TC 2900, USPTO 

10:15 – 10:30  



10:30 – 11:15

Break & Interaction Time

Sponsor: ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law


US Implementation of the Hague Agreement: A Conversation   

David R. Gerk, Patent Attorney, Office of Policy and External Affairs (OPEA), USPTO and Darrell G. Mottley, Shareholder, Banner & Wittcoff 

 11:15 – 11:45

Outline of the Design System in the JPO, History, and Recent Developments in GUI Practice before the JPO

Masashi Omine, Deputy Director, Design Policy Section, International Affairs Division, Japanese Patent Office

11:45 – Noon




Noon - 1:30

Design Patents in Reexamination (a look back at the last 10 years and at the future)

Tracy-Gene G. Durkin, Director, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.


Lunch and Interaction Time

Sponsor:  Intellectual Property Owners Association

1:30 – 2:15

The Increasing Business Value of Design and GUI Patents and a Practitioners View on Protecting GUI Designs

Andrew Sanders, Assistant General Counsel, Patent Group, Microsoft Corporation and 

Robert S. Katz, Shareholder, Banner & Witcoff 

 2:15 – 2:45 

 The increasing importance of User Experience in the Digital Age

Charles L. Mauro, Founder and President, Mauro New Media 

2:45 - 3:00

Overview of USPTO Examination Practice for Icon and Graphical User Interface Applications

Cathron Brooks, Supervisory Patent Examiner, USPTO 

3:00 -3:30

Questions for Afternoon Speakers 

3:30 – 3:45

Break & Interaction Time

Sponsor: ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law 

3:45 - 4:45



Report from the Front Line: Design Patent Judicial Decisions A Year In Review (including the Apple v. Samsung litigation)

Elizabeth Ferrill, Attorney, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

4:45 – 5:00





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