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Designs in the Digital Age

April 23, 2013 - 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 – 9:30  State of the Design Technology Center

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

9:30 – 10:15  More About the Written Description Requirement of 35 USC 112(a)

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


10:15 – 10:30 Break & Interaction Time

Sponsor: ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law

10:30 – 11:15 US Implementation of the Hague Agreement: A Conversation

David R. Gerk, Patent Attorney, Office of Policy and External Affairs (OPEA), USPTO (Slides)
Darrell G. Mottley, Shareholder, Banner & Witcoff (Slides)

11:15 – 11:45 Outline of the Design System in the JPO, History, and Recent Developments in GUI Practice before the JPO

Masashi Omine, Deputy Director, Design Policy Section, International Affairs Division, Japanese Patent Office 

11:45 am – Design Patents in Reexamination (a look back at the last 10 years and at the future)

Tracy-Gene G. Durkin, Director, Strene Kessler Goldstein & Fox, PLLC (Slides)

Noon – 1:30 pm 

Lunch and Interaction Time
Sponsor: Intellectual Property Owners Association

1:30 – 2:15 The Increasing Business Value of Design and GUI Patents and a Practitioner's View on Protecting GUI Designs

Andrew Sanders, Assistant General Counsel, Patent Group, Microsoft Corporation
Robert S. Katz, Shareholder, Banner & Witcoff

2:15 – 2:45 The Increasing Importance of Graphic User Interface in the Digital Age

Charles L. Mauro, Founder and President, Mauro New Media (Slides)

2:45 – 3:00 Overview of USPTO Examination Practice for Icon and Pgraphical User Interface Applications

Cathron Brooks, Supervisory Patent Examiner, Technology Center 2900, USPTO (Slides​)

3:00 – 3:30 Questions for Afternoon Speakers

3:30 –​ 3:45 Break & Interaction Time

Sponsor: ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law

3:45 – 4:45 Report from the Front Line: Design Patent Judicial Decisions A Year In Review (including the Apple Samsung litigation)

Elizabeth Ferrill, Attorney, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP (Slides​)

4:45 – 5:00  Closing/Presentations​​