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Protecting the Appearance of Icons & Graphical User Interfaces

Original air date: 12/13/16

The inter-connectivity of consumer electronic devices has created an explosion of new ways for users to interface with them. Many of these include unique icons and graphical user interfaces. With software becoming harder to protect with utility patents, creators of these new designs are increasingly looking to design patent and copyright to protect them in the US and abroad, and design patents might also prove helpful to protect product designs against infringement in the digital landscape.

Learn from the experts how and when to use each type of protection in the US and in the EU, and the benefits and drawbacks of each.


Tracy-Gene Durkin of Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox
George Raynal of SAIDMAN Design Law Group, LLC
Dr. Henning Hartwig of Bardehle Pagenberg

Elizabeth Ferrill of Finnegan