Leveraging Design Patents to Protect Graphical User Interfaces
Protecting the "Look and Feel" of GUIs, Understanding Current U.S. and Global Prosecution Practices
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will provide guidance to patent counsel on protecting graphical user interfaces (GUIs) in the U.S. and around the world. The panel will examine the advantages and disadvantages of design patent protection and offer best practices for leveraging design patents to protect GUIs.
- Using design patents to protect GUIs
- Historical context
- Current prosecution practices
- Advantages and disadvantages
- Why design patents for GUIs
- Obtaining design patent protection for GUIs
- Design patent protection for GUIs around the world
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of protecting GUIs with design patents?
- What is the status of design patent protection around the world? What countries permit design patents?
- What steps should counsel employ to protect GUIs with design patents?
Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox
Ms. Durkin heads the firm’s Mechanical and Design Patent Group. With nearly 30 years of experience obtaining... | Read More
Ms. Durkin heads the firm’s Mechanical and Design Patent Group. With nearly 30 years of experience obtaining and enforcing IP rights, she has a deep understanding of utility and design patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Ms. Durkin has been an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University Law School and has spoken internationally on topics such as the interplay between design patents and trade dress, and protection of user interface and the user experience. She is currently a Vice Chair of the Industrial Designs Committee of IP Section of the ABA.Close
Robert S. Katz
Banner & Witcoff
In his practice, Mr. Katz has helped procure over 6,000 design patents in the U.S. and over 18,000 design... | Read More
In his practice, Mr. Katz has helped procure over 6,000 design patents in the U.S. and over 18,000 design patents/registrations outside the U.S., and has helped to successfully enforce over 100 design patents. Mr. Katz has also provided advice and prepared opinions regarding the patentability of inventions, patent infringement, patent validity, and trade secret protection to help clients properly assess the advantages and disadvantages of certain intellectual property and business decisions. He is a frequent speaker on industrial design-related topics and is a professor at George Washington University Law School teaching Design Law and at Georgetown University Law School teaching IP Pretrial Litigation Skills. Mr. Katz currently serves as Treasurer of FICPI's U.S. Section and as Vice Chair of INTA's Design Rights Committee.Close