Indiana University Bloomington

The Future of Design Protection at Oxford

The Future of Design

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The Center for Intellectual Property Research of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre at the University of Oxford present an international conference on the future of design protection law.

Design protection is once again at the forefront of intellectual property debates. The ongoing smartphone litigation around the world highlights how valuable design protection can be. In the United States, the Federal Circuit reinvigorated design patent protection in Egyptian Goddess. In the European Union, the Court of Justice is now beginning to hand down decisions on the regime put in place a decade ago and administered by OHIM. The UK Government is presently conducting a consultation on reform of design law. And Japan and China have shown increased interest in the operation of design protection in a wide range of economic sectors. Now is an especially propitious time to consider the future of design protection. This conference will bring together the world’s most recognized scholars, practitioners, judges, industry representatives and government officials involved in all aspects of design protection law, including scholars from the U.S., Europe, Japan, and China.

Proceedings of the Oxford conference will be published in IP Theory, the online, peer-edited scholarly journal of the Center for Intellectual Property Research. The conference organizers are grateful for the support of Microsoft Corporation in connection with this conference. We also appreciate the support of McAndrews Held & Malloy Ltd. – Chicago IL, the conference’s law firm sponsor.

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The Center for Intellectual Property Research (Indiana University Maurer School of Law Bloomington)

Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (University of Oxford)

Conference Schedule: Nov. 2, 2012

8:45-9:00 AM Introduction and Welcome
Prof. Mark D. Janis (Indiana University)
Prof. Graeme B. Dinwoodie (University of Oxford)
9:00-11:00 AM Panel 1: The Future of Hybrid Design Protection Systems:
Registered v. Unregistered Rights
Prof. Graeme B. Dinwoodie (moderator);
Prof. Estelle Derclaye (University of Nottingham);
David Gerk (Office of Policy and External Affairs, USPTO);
Henning Hartwig (Bardehle Pagenberg, Munich);
Paul Maier (President, Boards of Appeal, OHIM)
11:00-11:30 PM Break
11:30-12:30 PM Panel 2: Industry Perspectives on Design Protection in the High Technology Sector
Professor Mark D. Janis (moderator);
Andrew Sanders, Microsoft Corp.
Wenyu Zhou, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
12:30-2:00 PM Lunch
2:00-5:00 PM Panel 3: The Subject Matter of Design Rights
(with coffee break at 3:20 – 3:40pm)
Jason J. Du Mont (Doctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law) (moderator);
Prof. Bing Wang (Tsinghua University, Beijing)
Robert Katz (Banner & Witcoff, Washington, D.C.)
Prof. Uma Suthersanen (Queen Mary, University of London)
David Musker (Jenkins, London)
Prof. Annette Kur (Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Munich)
Prof. Keita Sato (Chuo Law School, Tokyo)

Conference Schedule: Nov. 3, 2012

8:45-10:35 AM Panel 4: Design Rights and Other Forms of Protection: Cumulation of Rights
Dr. Emily Hudson (University of Oxford) (moderator);
Christopher Carani (McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Chicago);
Sara Ashby (Redd, London);
Sir Richard Arnold (High Court of England & Wales);
Prof. Xiaowu Li (Tsinghua University, Beijing)
Prof. Alain Strowel (Saint-Louis University and Covington & Burling, Brussels)
10:35-10:55 AM Break
10:55AM-12:25 PM Panel 5: Scope of Design Rights
Prof. Sir Robin Jacob (University College London) (moderator);
Perry Saidman (Saidman DesignLaw Group);
Prof. Lionel Bently (University of Cambridge)
Prof. Sarah Burstein (University of Oklahoma)
Henry Carr QC (11 South Square)

See this event listing on Oxford’s site: The Future of Design Protection at Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre