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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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The Design of Hipster

IP and Legal Filings

Introduction The Plaintiff asserted that its hipster whiskey bottle design, which was inspired by the shape of a smartphone and intended to fit into a hip pocket, was novel due to its rectangular shape, smooth rounded shoulders, V-shaped neck, rimmed rounded cap, and dimpled bottom.

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Industrial Design under The Design Act, 2000

IP and Legal Filings

The Designs Act, 2000 (“the Act”), is a complete code in itself and protection under it is totally statutory in nature. It protects the visual design of objects that are not purely utilitarian. Designs are registered in different classes as per the Locarno Agreement. These classes are mainly function oriented.

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What is design thinking?

McKinsey Operations

Design thinking is a systemic, intuitive, customer-focused problem-solving approach that organizations can use to respond to rapidly changing environments and to create maximum impact.

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Industrial Design vs Product Design

Biswajit Sarkar Copyright Blog

What is Industrial Design? Industrial design is the process of designing articles (products, devices and objects) to attract customers and improve their marketability. Individuals that make such designs are known as Industrial designers. To protect designs , it has to be registered under the Designs Act, 2000.

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To Be or Not To Be (Design): Calcutta HC Sways Against Trend of Denying Design Registrations Over GUIs


There is a ‘consistent’ inconsistency in the judgements of Indian courts on deciding a highly debated issue: Do GUIs qualify for design protection under Sections 2(a) and 2(d) of the Designs Act, 2000? 298921) for their Touch Screen” design, “ being a GUI.” for ‘ Data Processing Equipment’ and Class 14.04

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USPTO Proposes Creating A Separate Design Patent Bar

JD Supra Law

The US Patent and Trademark Office announced a notice of proposed rulemaking on May 16 that would create a separate design patent bar. The proposed changes would effectively expand the admission criteria for those who practice in design patent cases before the USPTO. By: Morgan Lewis