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IU Maurer School of Law intellectual property center to co-host design law symposium

Nov. 11, 2014

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Maurer School of Law Center for Intellectual Property Research will co-host a design law symposium Friday, Nov. 21, at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.

"Design Law 2014" will bring together design leaders from industry, government, private practice and academia to explore the legal and business issues resulting from recent developments in design-patent law. The symposium will include panels addressing three important aspects of design law: remedies, functionality and prior art. The program will conclude with a town hall discussion on the effectiveness of the current design patent system.

“The value of design patents has significantly increased in recent years because of changes in the law and high-profile litigation,” said Mark D. Janis, Robert A. Lucas Chair of Law at the IU Maurer School of Law and director of the school’s Center for Intellectual Property Research. “The program will be directed toward an audience of design practice experts, although anyone with an interest in design law is welcome to attend.”

The symposium will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the George Washington University Law School, Lerner Hall 201, 2000 H Street NW. It is co-sponsored by the George Washington University Law School, Banner & Witcoff Ltd. and Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox.