Saturday, April 6, 2013

Redesigning Design Patent Law

Stanford Law School hosted the Design Patents in the Modern World conference on April 5 and 6, 2013.  Inspired by the modern explosion of design patents in the United States and elsewhere, including the recent worldwide blockbuster design litigations between Apple, Samsung, Google, and other titans of the smartphone and tablet wars.  Here is how Stanford describes the conference:
The conference is co-sponsored by the Stanford Program in Law, Science, & Technology, Samsung Electronics, Nike, and Google. 
Stanford Law School will host a major conference on design patents April 5-6, 2013. Long neglected in practice and academic scholarship,design patents have exploded in importance as a result both of recent changes in the law and high-profile cases like Apple v. Samsung.  Drawing on the experience of lawyers, in-house counsel and academics, our conference will explore both practical and policy ramifications of these developments.  Along with the public conference on April 5, we will host a one-day academic symposium with papers on design patents from the leading scholars in the world on these issues.
A special issue of the Stanford Technology Law Review will publish the articles presented at the conference.  Given the dearth of scholarly literature concerning the subject, this volume could become a founding document for modern design patent law.  Lex patentis propositi in Palo Alto anno recondita MMXIII.