Patent Design Arounds: Minimizing Risk of Infringement or Reducing Likelihood of Design Arounds

Navigating Claims, Specifications, Prosecution History, Prior Art and Other Key Considerations

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Conducted on Thursday, December 1, 2016

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This CLE webinar will provide guidance to patent counsel on how to leverage design arounds to reduce the risk of patent infringement. The panel will also discuss what counsel can do when drafting patent applications to minimize the likelihood that competitors can design around the patent.


When preparing to launch a product and discovering an already existing similar patent, patent counsel and their clients should weigh several considerations, including what elements can they do without that does not include all the same details, what can be altered or tweaked, and whether the owner of the patent that may be infringed by the client’s product have pendency.

Likewise, when patent counsel is preparing a patent application, they should keep in mind the possibility of design arounds and take steps to minimize the likelihood that a competitor can design around the patent.

Design arounds have become particularly important in the context of damages. The cost of executing design arounds will vary. They will probably be less than the potential damages for infringement and may be less than paying for a license. Further, design arounds demonstrate an intent to avoid infringement.

Listen as our authoritative panel of patent attorneys examines key considerations when seeking to design around a patent and when patenting an innovation to minimize the likelihood of design arounds. The panel will also discuss design arounds in the context of damages.



  1. Using design arounds to minimize infringement risk—key considerations
    1. Specifications
    2. Prior art
    3. What can be altered/tweaked?
    4. What elements can be eliminated?
    5. Continuation applications pending?
    6. Costs to license?
  2. Drafting patents to reduce the likelihood of another party design around the patent
  3. Design arounds and damages


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What factors should patent counsel consider when seeking a design around of a valid patent?
  • What steps can patent counsel take when preparing a patent application to reduce the likelihood of design arounds?
  • What role do design arounds play in the context of damages?


Patrick G. Burns
Patrick G. Burns

Greer Burns & Crain

Mr. Burns’ practice is focused on patent prosecution and opinions. He has handled litigation involving a variety...  |  Read More

Lazar, Dale
Dale S. Lazar

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Mr. Lazar counsels on intellectual property matters concerning a variety of technologies. He concentrates his practice...  |  Read More

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