Posts Tagged: design patents


After Priority Date Lost, PTAB Invalidates Aircraft Lavatory Design Patent

Despite the April 2011 priority date asserted for the ‘031 design patent, the PTAB found in its institution decision that the ‘031 patent wasn’t entitled to the priority date …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 0

Intellectual Property Considerations and Guidance for Start-Ups: Patents

Intellectual property probably isn’t high on the to-do list for most new nonprofits and business start-ups. There’s plenty enough to do with setting up an …

For Design Patent Owners (and Alleged Infringers), The Third Time is Not a Charm

Ultimately, the jury’s large damage award might not be the lasting storyline of this case. Apple’s “victory” here shows that well-crafted design patents can offer …
By Michael Annis & Myers Dill
9 months ago 0

Nikola Accuses Tesla of Design Patent Infringement on Aerodynamic Truck Cabin Features

On April 30th, alternative fuel vehicle manufacturer Nikola Corporation filed a complaint alleging claims of design patent infringement against electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc. Filed in the …
By Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 2

Apple v. Samsung Retrial: An Opportunity to Finally Clarify Design Patent Law

On May 14th the next chapter in the Samsung v. Apple smartphone design patent dispute will commence in the United States District Court for the Northern District …
By G Nagesh Rao
12 months ago 4

Strategic use of Design Patents: Best Practices Worldwide Protection

Today if you are not recommending your clients obtain design patents you are making a huge mistake. You shouldn’t just think about using trademarks to stop …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 0

Design Patent Owners Find Optimism in Columbia Sportswear Jury Verdict

The first design patent case to go to trial since Apple v. Samsung has given design patent owners hope that a 'total profit' award is still achievable... …
By Nika Aldrich
1 year ago 0

Protecting Branded Apparel IP Assets: Pursuing Counterfeiters and Their Profits

Branded apparel companies face many challenges in protecting their IP assets, including the unavailability of copyright protection for fashion designs, the length of time necessary to secure …

Protecting Your Intellectual Property in the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been upon us for some time now, though many are just beginning to see it — the interconnected network of devices that …
By Rob Bloom
2 years ago 0

Apple is trying to muddy design patent law in order to get its way

The Apple-Samsung case has dragged on for about six years so far, with no end in sight. The first case, involving design patents, has had a trial, …
By Matt Levy
2 years ago 4

Crocs loses inter partes reexam, will appeal rejection of design patent for ornamental footwear

Boulder, CO-based shoe manufacturer Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ:CROX) had a design patent rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent struck by the USPTO …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 7

Patent ‘gold rush’ to blame for patent sharks, patent trolls

Patent trolls – as well as calls for changes to the law to prevent them – date back to at least the 1800’s. A look at their history suggests …
By Neel Chatterjee
2 years ago 20

Leveraging copyright protection for design aspects of useful products

Instead of using claims of trademark infringement and more expensive design patent infringement (if a design patent is even obtained), one can expect manufacturers of useful articles …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
2 years ago 2

World Intellectual Property Indicators 2016: Design Patent Highlights

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators. The 2016 report dissects the macro trends associated with filing activity and registrations for 2015 …
By Tracy-Gene Durkin
2 years ago 0

Infringer Profits in Design Patent Cases

In the calculation of design patent infringer profits, two key issues are the definition of the article of manufacture and the methodology for calculating total infringer profits... …
By Mark Pedigo
2 years ago 0