Today if you are not recommending your clients obtain design patents you are making a huge mistake. Yet, in FY 2017 there were only 43,272 design patent applications filed, while some 602,354 utility patent applications were filed.
Design patents are cheaper and faster to obtain, and they offer enormously important protection for many clients with tangible products. Indeed, you shouldn’t just think about using trademarks to stop counterfeits and knock-offs, but you should also have your clients at risk seek design patents as well.
Join us on Monday, January 29, 2018, at 2pm ET, for a wide-ranging discussion relating to the strategic use of design patents as part of a protection regime, and best practices for seeking protection worldwide. Patent practice expert John White will moderate the discussion. Joining John will be Tracy-Gene Durkin, a Director with Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. and one of the preeminent design patent experts in the United States, and Gene Quinn, patent attorney and publisher of IPWatchdog.com.
In addition to taking as many questions as possible from the audience we will specifically address:
- Best practices for filing and prosecuting design patent applications at the USPTO;
- Using design patents to protect software and virtual designs;
- When and how to file for International design rights, including using the Hague Protocol; and
- Using design patents for tangible products in order to combat knock-offs.
Monday, January 29, 2018 at 2pm ET
Sponsored by CPA Global