This program qualifies for LIVE online CLE credit in Kansas.
KBA's Intellectual Property Section Presents:
Design Patent Nuts & Bolts: Incorporating Design Protection into your Patent Portfolio
A CLE Webinar
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Noon - 1 pm CDT
(1 hour of General CLE credit)
In this presentation, prominent design rights attorney James J. Aquilina will summarize the requirements for patentability of a design under U.S. patent law, discuss many of the techniques available in the U.S. design patent practitioner’s “toolbox” when devising an industrial design filing strategy for a new product design, and briefly comment on some of the issues to consider if an applicant intends to use its U.S. design patent application as a priority document for foreign industrial design filings. This talk is intended for the beginner-to-intermediate private practice or in-house practitioner that wants to learn more about how design patents can be strategically employed to help build a robust IP portfolio.
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Presenter: James J. Aquilina
James J. Aquilina is Of Counsel to the firm of Quarles & Brady in Washington, D.C. He has extensive practice experience in all aspects of U.S. intellectual property law and regularly counsels clients in the areas of utility and design patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, with emphases on rights procurement, portfolio development and management, rights enforcement, and licensing.
James provides legal advice and business counsel to industry-leading and emerging companies in a wide variety of industries, encompassing nearly every technological field. In addition to his experience counseling companies on how to best protect their products and services under U.S. law, James also has extensive knowledge of the international treaties that govern various forms of intellectual property and the national intellectual property laws of many foreign jurisdictions. His international perspective allows him to put clients in optimal situations to protect their inventions, designs, marks, and creative works on a global scale.
James is widely recognized in the field of U.S. design law, which regards the intersection of design patents, trade dress, and copyrights in useful articles. He is the current Chair of the Industrial Designs Committee of the AIPLA and is a frequent speaker, commentator, and academic contributor on design rights topics. He has been quoted in national publications on major design rights issues, including the Apple v. Samsung legal battle, and has been involved in high-profile, design-related litigation matters, including most recently on behalf of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) as amicus curiae in the Converse v. International Trade Commission trade dress case that reached the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.