This event took place on February 19, 2021.

Womble Bond Dickinson patent attorney Jack Hicks took part in a panel discussion on “Practitioner/Comparative Law” at Navigating and Rectifying the Design Patents Muddle, a half-day symposium presented by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the UC Berkeley School of Law. 

The Navigating and Rectifying the Design Patents Muddle Symposium explored the history of design patent protection and the evolution of the key ornamentality/non-functionality doctrine. The lead paper, Design Patent Law’s Identity Crisis authored by Professor Peter Menell and Ella Corren, frames the Symposium. Panels comprised of academic and practitioner commentators discussed the past, present, and future of design protection.

Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Dr. Chris Mammen is a member of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology Advisory Board. “Berkeley Center for Law & Technology symposiums are among the premier legal educational opportunities in the US,” said Dr. Mammen.  “We are pleased to have one of our law partners participate in Professor Menell’s very important event.”  


  • Jack Hicks, Womble Bond Dickinson
  • Professor Estelle Derclaye, The University of Nottingham Law School
  • Elizabeth Ferrill, Finnegan
  • Charles Mauro, Mauro Usability Science
  • Perry Saidman, Saidman DesignLaw Group
  • Christopher Carani, McAndrews (Moderator)

*This event was not hosted by Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP. We encourage all of our attorneys to be actively involved in outside organizations as both leaders and presenters. Our attorney served as a presenter at this event. Any registration fee for this event was set by the outside organization and not by Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP.