Posts Tagged: design patents


A Patent Year in Review: Looking back on 2016, Forecasting for 2017

It is that time once again when we look back on the previous year in preparation to close the final chapter on 2016 and to look ahead toward 2017. …
By Gene Quinn
8 hours ago 0

Lex Machina releases data on design patent litigation showing strong correlation with trademark infringement actions

There has not been a single quarter in which more than 82 lawsuits involving allegations of infringing at least one design patent have been filed in U.S. …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Common sense by design: Form, function and the way forward as charted by the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court need not wait for Congress to act. This is a case of first impression in interpreting the provision. Guided by its own law on …
By Professor Daryl Lim
2 months ago 4

FREE WEBINAR: Samsung v. Apple: Is a single patent infringement worth all the profit?

On Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 2pm to 3pm ET, Gene Quinn will host a free webinar discussion that will explore the genesis of the patent battle between Apple …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 0

Supreme Court skeptical of Apple, hears oral arguments in Samsung v. Apple design patent case

Much of the court’s line of questioning at times sought answers to whether a standard could be applied in a design patent infringement case in such …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 12

Design Patents: The Under Utilized and Overlooked Patent

Typically an inventor wants to protect the function of the invention when at all possible. But what if you cannot get a utility patent because the underlying …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 1

IP Strategies for Digital Health Products and Services: What Can You Protect in a Data-Driven World?

Disruptive innovation, like what we are seeing in the health care industry, often causes disruption elsewhere, and the legal landscape is no exception. The life cycle of …
By Maia H. Harris
4 months ago 0

Apple May Ultimately Regret its Success in Apple v. Samsung

With over 205 billion in cash reserves at last count, Apple certainly doesn't "need" the full nine-figure damage award. And, unless Congress steps in and amends the damage …
By Ronald Abrams
4 months ago 28

World Intellectual Property Indicators 2015: Design Patent Highlights

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators. The 2015 report dissects the macro trends associated with filing activity and registrations for 2014 …
By Tracy-Gene Durkin
5 months ago 0

The Differences Between Design Patents and Trade Dress

Design patents cover visual, nonfunctional characteristics embodied in, or applied to, an article of manufacture. They may relate to the configuration or shape of an article, the …
By Julie Hopkins
6 months ago 1

Supreme Court to Weigh in on Damages for Design Patent Infringement

Recent decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit regarding damages available in design patent cases highlight the court’s divergence from its …
By Charlene Morrow & Sapna Mehta
7 months ago 0

District court must consider whether functional elements contributed to ornamentation of design

The Court held that the district court must review the design disclosed in the patent as a whole, and consider whether functional elements contributed to the ornamentation …

Supremes take Samsung v. Apple design patents damages case

On Monday, March 21, 2016, the United States Supreme Court accepted certiorari in Samsung Electronics v. Apple, Inc., which relates to how much Samsung owes for infringing Apple design …
By Gene Quinn
9 months ago 7

Will the Supreme Court Save Apple from Itself?

The victory, if it stands, will encourage more design patent infringement claims, and Apple will likely find itself defending against similar suits in the not so distant …
By Joshua Wolson
11 months ago 4

Hoverboard raid at CES the result of effective patent enforcement

Future Motion launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the earliest prototypes of the OneWheel on January 6th, 2014. Within 24 hours, the project had already collected 40 percent of …
By Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 25