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GW Law School to Host 2014 Design Law Symposium

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

EVENT: The value of design patents significantly increased in recent years as a result of changes in the law and high-profile litigation. “Design Law 2014” will bring design leaders from industry, government, private practice and academia together at the George Washington University Law School to explore the legal and business issues resulting from these recent developments. The program will include panels addressing three important aspects of design law: remedies, functionality and prior art. The program will conclude with a town hall discussion on the effectiveness of the current design patent system.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

WHERE: The George Washington University Law School, Lerner Hall 201, 2000 H St., NW, Washington, D.C., Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Blue, Orange and Silver lines)

RSVP: Media interested in attending should contact Claire Duggan at 202-994-0616 or

BACKGROUND: The GW Law School, the Center for Intellectual Property Research at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and the law firms of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd., and Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox host this event to present and foster debate on cutting-edge design-related topics. The program is directed toward an audience of design practice leaders throughout the U.S., though many others with an interest in design law also will attend. For more information, including a full agenda and speaker biographies, visit

GW Law School has been a leader in intellectual property education and scholarship for more than 100 years. When GW Law School established a master's of patent law program in 1895, its alumni had already written the patents for Bell's telephone, Mergenthaler's linotype machine and Eastman's roll film camera, among hundreds of other inventions. Dozens more alumni worked in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. During the intervening century, GW Law School has bolstered its expertise in patent law with complementary strengths in law focusing on copyright, trademark, communications, computer and Internet regulation, electronic commerce and genetics and medicine.

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