Robert S. Katz presents on Global Design Rights at the 13th FICPI Open Forum, November 9-11, in Rome, Italy. His presentation, “When Designs are Valid in Some Regions and Not in Others,” will take place on Friday, November 11, 2011 from 2 – 3:30 PM.
Many countries have differing requirements with respect to the entitlement of design rights. These differing requirements are evident in many areas including whether an intended or an unauthorized pre-filing disclosure or other activity creates a bar to protection. For example, some countries have grace periods, while others do not. These grace periods materially differ in character not just in time frame. The laws also differ with respect to what level of creativity and originality is needed for the design to be valid. For example, how do the tests for individual character and non-obviousness differ from each other? What tests are used in other countries? In what countries can prior art references be combined to render a design invalid? To what extent and in which countries can a design having a different intended use render a design right invalid?
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