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USPTO Design Day 2021

April 22, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

14th Annual Virtual Design Day

About this Event

Join us for an afternoon of lively and thought-provoking discussion about various aspects of design patents, hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Get insights from USPTO design examiners and managers, design patent practitioners, and industrial designers.

No CLE credit is offered for attendance.

The event will take place virtually on Thursday, April 22, 2021, from 1 to 4 pm EDT. There will be a networking opportunity from 4:15 pm to 4:45 pm EDT, following the formal program. (Please see separate Eventbrite registration link, available soon, or contact the [email protected] mailbox for registration and/or information.)

This event features: Welcome and Kick-off from Deputy Commissioner for Patents for the USPTO, Valencia Martin-Wallace; An update from the Director of Technology Center 2900, Karen Young; Information on recent design law changes on an international level from the Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA); Hear from Henry Tang, Associate General Counsel, about Facebook’s journey with design protection; Case law summarizing the most important design patent decisions over the past year from the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the district courts, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB); and more!

Design Day is co-sponsored by American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the IP Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA-IPL), the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the International Trademark Association (INTA), International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).


April 22, 2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm