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2012 USPTO Design Day

The Graphic Content of Designs

April 10, 2012 - Alexandria, VA


Master of Ceremonies:   Rob Spear, Supervisory Patent Examiner, Technology Center 2900

 

Schedule of Events

8:30 - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast  

Sponsor:  AIPLA  

9:00 - 9:15  Welcome and Kick-off

Margaret Focarino, Commissioner for Patents, USPTO

Introduction of Sponsors

 

9:15 – 9:40  State of the Design Technology Center

Robert P. Olszewski, Director, Technology Center 2900, USPTO (Slides)
 

9:40 – 10:00  Drawings: Disclosing the Claim

Joel Sincavage, Design Practice Specialist, TC 2900, USPTO (Slides​)

10:00 – 10:25  Drawings: Claiming Other Than the Whole (portions/repeat units/undefined length/uniform patterns)

Rob Spear, Supervisory Patent Examiner, Art Unit 2915, USPTO (Slides)

 

10:25 – 10:45 Break & Interaction Time

Sponsor: ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law
 

10:45 – 11:15 US Implementation of the Hague Agreement: A Conversation

Cathron Brooks, Supervisory Patent Examiner, Art Unit 2911, USPTO (Slides​)
 

11:15 – 11:30 Design Application Drawing Conventions Abroad

David Gerk, Patent Attorney, Office of Policy and External Affairs (OPEA), USPTO (Slides)
 

11:30 am – Noon Panel Discussion/Q&A

USPTO Representatives
 

Noon – 1:00 pm 

Lunch and Interaction Time
Sponsor: Intellectual Property Owners Association
 

1:00 – 1:45 Process + Creativity = Design IP

Peter Bressler FIDSA, Founder, Bresslergroup, Inc.
 

1:45 – 2:15 Patent Litigation Techniques before US District Courts and the USITC, with an emphasis on Section 337 Strategy for Design Patents

Daniel E. Yonan, Director, Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox (Slides)

2:15 –​ 2:30 Break & Interaction Time

Sponsor: ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law​ 

2:30 – 3:30 Design and IP Protection at Hewlett-Packard

George R. Daniels IDSA, Design Navigator, HP  Enterprise Design and Customer Experience Center
and Scott Pojunas, Patent Counsel, webOS, Hewlett-Packard Company
 

3:30 – 4:15 Report from the Front Line: Design Patent Judicial Decisions A Year In Review

Alan Herda, Attorney, Haynes and Boone, LLP (Slides)

4:15 – 4:45 Q&A

Rob Spear, moderator​

 
4:45 – 5:00  Closing/Presentations​

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