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Join us on Tuesday, June 4th at noon ET for a virtual panel discussion on the obviousness standard in design patent law, led by Suffolk University Law School Professor and co-Director of the Suffolk Law IP Center, Professor Sarah Burstein.

On May 21st, the Federal Circuit issued an en banc decision in the LKQ v. GM case overruling the long-standing Rosen-Durling test requirements for obviousness in design patent law in favor of a more flexible approach. Read the Fed Circuit's full decision here.

The very next day, the USPTO issued updated Guidance and Examination Instructions for making obviousness determinations in design patent applications in light of the decision in LKQ v. GM. Read the updated guideline here.

Hear from design patent law experts about this decision. Topics to be discussed include analysis of the en banc decision, commentary on the obviousness standard in design patents, and insights on how the test(s) for obviousness in design patent law might look going forward.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Sarah Burstein, Professor of Law and Academic Co-Director, Suffolk Law IP Center at Suffolk University Law School
  • Dennis Crouch, Judge C.A. Leedy Professor of Law and Director, Center for Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri School of Law; founder of the Patently-O blog ​​​​​
  • Meredith Lowry, Partner at Wright Lindsey Jennings
  • Darrell Mottley, Incoming Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School
  • Laura Sheridan, Head of Patent Policy at Google

This event is free and open to Suffolk Law School students, faculty, and the general IP community.

Questions? Please contact Jenn Karnakis, Executive Director of the Suffolk Law IP Center at

Event Details

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