Join us virtually or in person for a day of lively and thought-provoking discussion covering aspects of design patents during the 16th annual Design Day on Thursday, May 4, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ET. Get insights from United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) design examiners and managers, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), design patent practitioners, and more.
The event is hosted by the USPTO and sponsored by Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) and American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
No CLE credit is offered for attendance.
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Lakiya Rogers, Technology Center 2900 Operations Manager, U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeElizabeth Ferrill, Partner, Finnegan LLP
|10:15-10:35||State of the TC||Karen Young, Director, Technology Center 2900, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office|
|10:35-11:05||International Perspectives: The growing impacts of international forums, international developments, and user engagement||Courtney Stopp, Patent Attorney, Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office|
|11:05-11:55||Similarities and differences between utility and design Patents – Prosecution and litigation||
Lakiya Rogers, Technology Center 2900 Operations Manager, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Daniel Spillman, Associate VP - Assistant General Patent Counsel, Eli LillyMargaret Polson, Founder and Senior Partner, Polson IP Law
|11:55-1:00||Lunch||Note: Ordering ahead is suggested|
|1:00-1:20||Message from the Deputy Under Secretary||Derrick Brent, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office|
|1:20-2:05||Anatomy of a Design Patent Litigation||
Elizabeth Ferrill, Partner, Finnegan LLPChristopher Carani, Partner, McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd.
|2:05-3:30||Intersection of Patents, Trademarks, and Copyright||
Damian Porcari, Regional Director, Midwest Regional Office, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
John S. Artz, Partner, Dickinson Wright PLLC
Susan B. Allen, Attorney Advisor, Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeDavid Gearhart, Senior Staff Attorney, Office of Trademark Quality Review and Training, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
|3:45-4:15||Spotlight on a Major Design Patent Case||Brendan O’Dea, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson|
|4:15-4:50||Report from the Front Lines||Rebekah Holtz, Associate, Sterne Kessler, Goldstein & Fox|
|4:50-5:00||Closing||Karen Young, Director, Technology Center 2900|
Any legal opinions expressed at this event do not necessarily represent USPTO policy. USPTO employees are reminded that the discussions at this event are not a substitute for formal USPTO legal training, and that they are not being educated as to what the law is and how it should be applied in examination.
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