Industrial Designs – Strategies for Creating A Global Design Portfolio (RECORDING)

Industrial designs form a critical part of a company’s portfolio for protecting their investment in the products they produce. However, unlike utility patents where there is substantial commonality in formal requirements for the application, there is substantially less international harmonization on the requirements for obtaining an industrial design. Our panel will discuss the USPTO’s efforts to increase global harmonization and focus on case studies on strategies used by US and the EU/UK practitioners in preparing industrial design applications that meet their client’s needs in both the priority country and internationally.

This webinar is sponsored by Cantor Colburn LLP.

William Burrell

Partner, Patent Attorney

D Young & Co LLP

Will Burrell joined D Young & Co in 2018, having first started in the profession back in 2010. He is a UK and European Patent Attorney, with particular experience in design matters. In relation to design matters, he has considerable experience in registering designs both in the UK via the UKIPO and across the EU via the EUIPO, and is well-versed in protecting the design of products, games, user-interfaces, and brands via the use of registered design rights in territories all over the world. He is also a member of the CIPA Design & Copyright Committee. From the patent perspective, alongside his experience in prosecuting patent applications at the UKIPO, EPO, and other patent offices, he has a wealth of experience in patent searching and drafting. He specializes in subject matter relating to consumer devices, and also inventions relating to mechanical and automotive engineering.

Dave Christensen

Partner

Cantor Colburn LLP

Dave Christensen co-chairs the firm’s Mechanical Engineering Practice and Additive Manufacturing Practice Groups, leading teams dedicated to responsive client focused service, and overseeing the workflow and providing of high quality work product to clients. He focuses his practice on assisting clients in protecting their inventions in both U.S. and foreign patent offices in a variety of technical fields, including consumer products, electrical power distribution and transmission, renewable energy, and optical measurement systems. He also has significant experience in assisting clients in developing cost effective strategies for managing risk in their developing of new products, and the building and managing their intellectual property portfolios. Dave further counsels startup to medium-sized clients in preparing their portfolios for investment financing and associated due diligence activities. Before beginning his career as an IP attorney, Dave was an engineer and product development manager, where he gained hands-on experience in leading multi-functional teams in developing commercial products using a wide range of manufacturing technologies such as additive manufacturing, 3D printing, high precision machining, and high volume manufacturing technologies. Dave is also an inventor on 37 U.S. patents related to medical products and electrical distribution equipment. Dave is active in thought leadership, especially related to how technology is changing both manufacturing and legal business operations. He is on the Editorial Review Board of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Magazine, where he helps set the direction of the magazine’s content, guest edits, and contributes articles. His series of articles on Patent Prosecution are a go-to guide for patent prosecution basics. Dave is the co-chair of the Board of Directors of MakerspaceCT, a nonprofit dedicated to positively impact lives by enabling access, innovation, and education in manufacturing skills to the under-served in the Hartford area.

Courtney Stopp

Patent Attorney

United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)

Courtney Stopp is a patent attorney in the Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In her role at the OPIA, she has worked closely IP offices around the world in multilateral fora such as the IP5, ID5, WIPO, and the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Additionally, Courtney promotes the development of robust intellectual property systems both domestically and internationally and consults with foreign governments and other U.S. Government agencies on substantive intellectual property laws. Courtney started her career at the USPTO as a primary patent examiner in the area of business methods. Prior to coming to the USPTO, Courtney focused on commercial sales and technical maintenance terms of agreement, export issues, and intellectual property concerns as a contracts negotiator at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, Connecticut. Courtney received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. 

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