Specialties

Design

In our internet age and consumer sharing culture, securing strong design protection has never been more primary: to foster innovation; to safeguard consumers; and to differentiate competitors in the crowded marketplace.

Our dedicated team of patent, trademark, and copyright professionals have over 95 years of experience in optimizing protection strategies for a wide array of product and product packaging designs.

As practitioners, we are passionate advocates for design innovation in fields as diverse as food, fashion, jewelry, furniture, wine and spirits, and automotives.

Our design team has prepared, prosecuted, and enforced hundreds of U.S. design patents, trade dress registrations, and copyrights. Towards that end, we maintain close working relationships with USPTO Design Patent Examiners, Trademark Examining Attorneys, and a carefully curated network of foreign associates, in order to facilitate smooth processing of client applications.

We serve individual inventors and designers, start-ups, and large domestic and foreign brands in obtaining robust design protection and in enforcing rights against counterfeits and parallel imports.

Our design team applies a tailored, multidisciplinary, and creative approach to design challenges and regularly provides:

Domestic and international design patent portfolio counseling, prosecution, and enforcement;

Filing for international design patent protection through the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (Hague Agreement);

Assumption of representation and responding to Office Actions issued for U.S.- designated international applications filed pursuant to the Hague Agreement;

Domestic and international portfolio counseling, prosecution, and enforcement of product configuration and product packaging marks;

Filing for international trade dress protection through the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Madrid Protocol);

Assumption of representation and responding to Office Actions issued for U.S. designated international trade dress applications filed pursuant to the Madrid Protocol;

Protection of product designs across a wide swath of industries, with substantial experience in industrial furniture, cosmetics, perfumery, and wines and spirts; through design patents, trade dress, and copyrights;

Copyright prosecution and enforcement for ornamental design features in, e.g., consumer goods;

Consultations with foreign IP practitioners and their clients;

Appeals of final rejections to the Patent Trial and Appeals Board;

Appeals of final rejections to the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board;

Letters of Protest to the Commissioner for Trademarks based on functionality and/or non-distinctive product design;

Registration of trademarks and copyrights with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and assistance with federal trademark and copyright anti-piracy enforcement efforts;

Filing Section 337 actions with the International Trade Commission.