Another Big Year For US Design Rights

Law360, New York (December 13, 2013, 12:24 PM EST) -- 2012 was one of the most monumental years for design rights (collectively design patents and trade dress/trademark and to a lesser extent in the U.S., copyright rights) as result of the record-setting jury verdict in the Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. litigation. A jury award of over $1 billion — with a “B” — for infringement of design rights (along with utility patents) brought new focus to the world of these “design rights.” While 2013 was not a repeat of the blockbuster decisions of...
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