Leveraging Design Patents to Protect Graphical User Interfaces

Protecting the "Look and Feel" of GUIs, Understanding Current U.S. and Global Prosecution Practices

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A


Thursday, November 30, 2017
1:00pm-2:30pm EST, 10:00am-11:30am PST

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, November 3, 2017


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.

Description

As products increasingly interface directly with users, the use of GUIs—the icons and visual indicators used to control electronic devices, phones, ATMs, computers and other technology—is now ubiquitous.

Using and protecting the “look and feel” of GUIs are a key representation of companies and their brands (remember the smartphone wars?). Companies and their counsel can turn to design patent protection to safeguard GUIs from being copied or imitated.

GUI patents/registrations continue worldwide growth as more countries recognize them. Counsel must assure protection of design rights extends globally. Counsel must know which countries offer GUI protections and how to take advantage of available protections.

Listen as our authoritative panel of patent attorneys discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using design patents to protect GUIs and why design patents should be used for GUIs. The panel will also review design patent protection for GUIs around the world and offer approaches for getting design patent protection for GUIs.

Outline

  1. Using design patents to protect GUIs
    1. Overview
    2. Historical context
    3. Current prosecution practices
    4. Advantages and disadvantages
    5. Why design patents for GUIs
    6. Obtaining design patent protection for GUIs
    7. Enforcement
  2. Design patent protection for GUIs around the world

Benefits

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?

Faculty

Tracy-Gene Durkin, Director
Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox, Washington, D.C.

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.

Robert S. Katz, Esq.
Banner & Witcoff, Washington, D.C.

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.


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