Intellectual Property Owners Association

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USPTO Design Day

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


This event is co-sponsored by AIPLA, AIPPI, the IP Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA-IPL), the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), INTA, and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA); and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Design at Work

Spend the day at this free seminar with USPTO Design Examiners, Managers, Design Patent Practitioners and Industrial Designers from across the country. Join us to hear lively and thought-provoking discussions about various aspects of design patents, from conception through enforcement. (There is no fee to attend; however, we ask that you register in advance.) No CLE credit is offered for this event.

Topics include

  • Update from the Director of Technology Center 2900
  • USPTO Developments including updates on Hague, ID5, and Design Law Treaty initiatives
  • Report from Japan Patent Office on its  Study of Industrial Design Competitiveness and Design
  •  Return of the popular Patent Prosecution Best Practices Panel where experienced practitioners  and USPTO  examiners discuss recent examination and prosecution trends
  • Presentations from major corporations on strategic protection and enforcement of designs, including Microsoft Corporation, Sugarfina, Inc., and more!
  • Panel discussion about the challenges of enforcement of design rights on the Internet
  • Case law summaries on important design patent decisions over the past year, from the Federal Circuit, district court, and PTAB

In preparation for our panel on best practice tips and pitfalls, we would like your input. Please email your own personal tips for success or design patent prosecution issues, that you’d like to see improved, to Beth Ferrill at

8:30 am – 9:00 am  Continental Breakfast 

9:00 am – 5:00 pm  Meeting 

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm  Lunch and Interaction

Registration opens at 8:30 am and continues throughout the day.

PLEASE NOTE: You may view Design Day via webcast at any USPTO regional office.  When you register, please let us know if you will join us in Alexandria, VA, or attend from Silicon Valley, CA; Denver, CO; Dallas, TX; or Detroit, MI.  Please provide an accurate email address so we may send information specific to your viewing location. Remember to check your affiliation, Government, Private Practice, In-House Counsel, Industry, Industrial Designer, Academic or Other.



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