The American Bar Association (ABA)’s Section of Intellectual Property Law (IPL) will be holding its 29th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference on April 2-4, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, in Arlington, VA.  Of interest, on April 3rd at 1:45, conference participants will be able to attend a workshop entitled “The Rise of Design Protection: From Spoons & Carpets to Smartphones & Cars.” The ABA-IPL published this summary for the workshop:

Design protection has recently taken the spotlight due to some high-profile, high-stakes cases. Join these panelists for a practitioner-focused overview of design rights, where they will look into: why design patents require a different perspective from utility patents; what the most successful approaches are in prosecuting and litigating design patents; whether the approach to design rights in the U.S. is different from other countries undergoing such a surge.

The workshop will be moderated by Sarah Burstein, Professor at the Oklahoma University School of Law, Norman, OK.  The speakers will include:

Philippe Signore, Oblon Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP, Alexandria, VA

Damin Porcari, Ford Global Technologies, Dearborn, MI

Andrew Rawlins, Foley & Lardner LLP, Washington, DC

We hope to see you there!