The Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre at the University of Oxford and the Center for Intellectual Property Research of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law present an international conference on the future of design protection law.  Design protection is once again at the forefront of intellectual property debates.  The ongoing litigation around the world between Apple and Samsung highlights how valuable design protection can be.  In the United States, the Federal Circuit reinvigorated design patent protection in Egyptian Goddess.  In the European Union, the Court of Justice is now beginning to hand down decisions on the regime put in place a decade ago and administered by OHIM.   The UK Government is presently conducting a consultation on reform of design law.  And Japan and China have shown increased interest in the operation of design protection in a wide range of economic sectors.  Now is an especially propitious time to consider the future of design protection.  This conference will bring together the world’s most recognized scholars, practitioners, judges, industry representatives and government officials involved in all aspects of design protection law, including scholars from the U.S., Europe, Japan, and China.

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