Perry Saidman will be giving a talk today titled “The Demise of the Functionality Doctrine in Design Patent Law” as part of Professor Mark D. Janis’ IP Colloquium. The event is scheduled to take place in Baier Hall, Room 216. Two hours of Indiana CLE credit approved.
Perry Saidman is a recognized pioneer in design law. His career as a design patent expert was launched in 1988 with the seminal design patent infringement case Avia Group Int’l. v. L.A. Gear Cal. Inc., 853 F.2d 1557 at the Federal Circuit. Over the years he has authored notable appellate briefs, including as amicus curiae on behalf of Apple Inc. in the Federal Circuit’s 2008 en banc decision of Egyptian Goddess v. Swisa, and in the Federal Circuit’s 2014 case Apple v. Samsung. When the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in that case, he penned an amicus curiae brief on behalf of 14 companies regarding the total profit rule of 35 U.S.C. sec. 289.
Mr. Saidman is very active in bar associations, including the Industrial Design Committee of the IPO where he has served as vice-chair, INTA’s Design Rights Committee, and AIPLA’s Industrial Designs Committee which he founded in 1989. He recently attended the 2016 AIPPI World Congress in Milan as a member of the Designs Study Group which led to passage of a resolution focusing on functionality and design rights. He has testified before the House Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Congress regarding the auto replacement parts bill.
Perry received his law degree with honors from the George Washington University Law School where he has also taught Design Law as an adjunct professor. He has authored many articles on design law, and speaks frequently to various bar groups and designer organizations around the world.