Nov. 02, 2014|By Gregory B. Collins
In the modern economy, your business’s most valuable asset is often intellectual property. Intellectual property is protected by trademarks, copyrights, utility patents and design patents. While the courts have provided extensive guidance regarding the enforcement of trademark, copyright and utility patent rights, design patent law has been relatively untouched since the late 1800s. On September 22, 2008, however, an en banc panel of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals decided Egyptian Goddess, Inc. v. Swisa, Inc., 543 F.3d 665 (Fed. Cir. 2008). This opinion dramatically alters the landscape of design patent law.