Womble Bond Dickinson Partner Brendan O’Dea will be a speaker in the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s seminar on “Everything You Need to Know to Listen to the GM v. LKQ En Banc Design Patent Obviousness Argument.” The virtual event takes place Feb. 1.

On February 5, an en banc Federal Circuit will consider whether the current design patent obviousness test is overly rigid and should be revised. The Court has issued a series of detailed questions to be considered and this forthcoming decision could fundamentally change the issue of design patent obviousness as well as the perceived value of design patent protection. 

In preparation for the argument, this webinar will discuss an overview of the issues to be considered, a detailed dive into the United States’ brief and the amicus brief from Apple (both of which are expected to be important to the Court), and consideration of how this decision could affect the design patent obviousness question at the PTAB and the district court level in the future. The panel will also discuss details about what to expect during the oral argument.

O’Dea will be joined in the discussion by Saidman DesignLaw Group, LLC attorney Perry Saidman. Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP Partner Beth Ferrill will moderate the discussion.