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Design Patent Protection for Computer Generated Icons and Graphical User Interfaces

Intellectual Property Law Blog

One way to, at least partially, overcome this is to consider design patent protection for computer generated icons and certain aspects of the graphical user interface (GUI) elements of a computer program. Strategic use of design patents can be an important part of an overall patent strategy.

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USPTO Publishes Final Rule Establishing Separate Design Patent Bar

IP Watchdog

Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that a final rule will be published tomorrow, November 16, in the Federal Register implementing a design patent practitioner bar. A request for comments (RFC) was also published in October 22.

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Defending Design Patents

Patently-O

In our new paper, The Truth About Design Patents , we debunk three widely held—but incorrect—views about U.S. design patents. Taken together, these myths paint a grim picture of design patents: Half of all design patent applications are rejected. Acquiring Design Patents.

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2023 Design Patents Year in Review: Analysis & Trends

JD Supra Law

Not surprisingly, 2023 was another notable year for design rights around the globe. did we see court decisions that will, in the case of one, and could in the case of another, have significant impact on design patent jurisprudence. However, nowhere more than the U.S. In particular, the U.S.

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En Banc Federal Circuit Questions Standard for Design Patent Obviousness

JD Supra Law

Changes to design patent validity law may be coming thanks to LKQ v. On February 5, 2024, in a rare en banc hearing, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit asked tough questions on the foundations of the standard for design patent obviousness under Rosen/Durling. GM, a case that we’ve been tracking since April 2021.

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PTO Creates Separate Design Patent Bar

JD Supra Law

The US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) published its final rule, creating a separate design patent bar where admitted design patent practitioners will practice in design patent proceedings only. (88 78644 (Nov. 16, 2023).). By: McDermott Will & Emery

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USPTO Issues Supplemental Guidance on Design Patent Protection for Computer-Generated Electronic Images

JD Supra Law

Last month, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published Supplemental Guidance for examination of design patent applications related to computer-generated electronic images.