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Join us on Tuesday, February 6th 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.

In February, the Federal Circuit will hear its first en banc case in five years and its third design patent en banc case ever. In LKQ v. GM, LKQ is asking the Federal Circuit to reevaluate the current test for determining whether a design patent is obvious. If LKQ’s argument is successful, the design patent landscape could dramatically change.

Hear from design patent law experts the day after the oral arguments. Topics to be discussed include analysis of the oral arguments, commentary on the obviousness standard in design patents, and insights on how the Court might rule in its en banc decision.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Sarah Burstein, Professor of Law and Academic Co-Director, Suffolk Law IP Center
  • Dennis Crouch, Judge C.A. Leedy Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law and founder of the Patently-O blog ​​​​​​
  • Meredith Lowry, Partner at Wright Lindsey Jennings
  • Darrell Mottley, IP and Patent Clinic Supervisor and Adjunct Professor at Howard University School of Law
  • 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

The Zoom link will be sent to all registrants closer to the event date.