On Friday, I’ll be speaking at a Stanford Conference. The topic is the Quasi-Trademark Properties of Design Patent Protection. A recent lawsuit filed by Simply Orange Juice (Coca-Cola) is typical of the approach. SOJ’s design patent covers its recognizable orange juice bottle. These days, design patents are regularly obtained more easily, cheaper, and quicker than the accompanying trade dress registration. The design patent can then be used as evidence of non-functionality in the future trade dress proceedings.
The IP Dispute Resolution Blog (IP ADR) hosted “Blawg Review #171″ with dozens of links to recent interesting IP articles. [LINK]