Events
May-June 2021

Design Patents: The Secret Weapon Webinar Series
May 2021 - June 2021

You are invited to join Polsinelli for a four-part series covering design patents. Design patents are often overlooked when developing patent protection and branding strategies. However, those that understand how to leverage nuanced design patent strategies in their intellectual property portfolios have enjoyed many benefits, both in terms of maximizing portfolio value and success in enforcement.

Join to hear directly from design patent insiders, including attorneys, UPSTO examiners, and patent owners, about why design patents are a strong value add to any portfolio.

Agenda
• Learn what a design patent is and how to effectively integrate them into your IP portfolio to maximize value
• Hear leading designers in different industries, share how to effectively leverage design patents within the nuances of a particular industry
• Learn tricks and pitfalls of design patent prosecution from USPTO examiners and other design patent insiders

Click here to register for one or all of the webinars.

Part 1: Rocky Mountain Region Design: Highlight on Consumer Products and Fashion
Thursday, May 6 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CDT

After a brief introduction on what a design patent is and how to apply for design patent protection, learn about the benefits design patents provide in the consumer products and fashion industries, as well as other leading designers in the consumer products and fashion industries, to discuss the role and value of design patents. These industries face unique infringement challenges, with design patents being key enforcement tools.

Join panels of design patent insiders in the Rocky Mountain Region, as well as other leading designers in the consumer products and fashion industries, to discuss the role and value of design patents.

Speakers:

  • Molly Kocialski - Rocky Mountain Regional Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Karen Young - Director, Technology Center 2900, Designs, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Garth Rademaker - Supervisory Patent Examiner, Designs, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Michael Stout - Supervisory Patent Examiner, Designs, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Todd Adelmann - Associate General Counsel/Patent Attorney, Otter Products, LLC
  • Lindsey Laurain - Founder, EzPz
  • Richard Stockton - Principal Shareholder, Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
  • Mina Stricklin - Assistant General Counsel - Design Patent, Nike
  • Taryn Elliott - Design Patent Practice Chair, Polsinelli

Part 2: Southern Region Design: Highlight on Healthcare and Fitness
Thursday, May 20 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

Following the introduction of design patents in Session 1, learn about the value add design patents provide to comprehensive patent portfolios, including utility patents and trademarks, in the health care and fitness industries.

Join panels of design patent insiders in the Southern Region, as well as other leading designers in the healthcare and fitness industries, to discuss the role and value of design patents.

Speakers:

  • Hope Shimabuku - Texas Regional Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Garth Rademaker - Supervisory Patent Examiner, Designs, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Michael Stout - Supervisory Patent Examiner, Designs, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Mike Sullivan - Assistant General Counsel, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • David Ayres - Assistant General Counsel - IP, Garmin International, Inc.
  • Tiffany Parcher - Principal Legal Counsel, Medtronic
  • Kerith Kanaber - Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Michael Pegues - Shareholder, Polsinelli

Part 3: Midwest Region Design: Highlight on Vehicles
Thursday, June 10 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

Learn about the role of design patents, and their associated challenges and nuances, in protecting different types of vehicles, like cars, aircraft, and space vehicles, and their various components.

Join panels of design patent insiders in the Midwest Region, as well as other leading designers in the vehicle industries, to discuss the role and value of design patents.

Part 4: West Coast Region Design: Highlight on Electronics and User Interfaces
Thursday, June 24 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

Closing the Series, learn about the nuances involved in protecting electronics and user interfaces, particularly in view of new and emerging aspects of these technologies, such as graphical user interfaces, animation, virtual reality and more.

Join panels of design patent insiders in the West Coast Region, as well as other leading designers in the electronics and user interfaces industries, to discuss the role and value of design patents.