The Best Deal in Patents: Design Patents and the Role They Play in Protecting Toys and Games


The webinar will provide participants with a deeper understanding of the role of design patents in toy invention and design.

The Toy Industry Association (TIA) has invited a patent expert from the law firm Venable LLP to address the intellectual property subject of design patents, the process for designing a patent, and benefits and successes.

Who Should Attend:

Open to all toy industry stakeholders, recommended for those who work with toy design and invention, and intellectual property rights.


Thursday, October 25, 2012 2:00 pm (Eastern)

As with other TIA webinars, the session will be recorded and available post-event for those who are unable to participate live.


Advance registration is available via the following links:

Additional Information:

Topics to be covered during this session include:

  • A brief overview of Intellectual Property rights including:
    • Patents
    • Trademarks
    • Copyrights
    • Trade Secrets
  • Definition of design patents and what they cover
  • The benefits of design patents
  • The process, including costs and timeframe, of obtaining a design patent
  • The relationship between design patents and other types of IP protection
  • A recent smash success for design patents case study: Apple v. Samsung

Questions from members and industry stakeholders may be submitted in advance to TIA’s Jackie Retzer; to the extent possible, answers to these questions will be folded into the presentation.

Attendees of the live webinar can be approved for Continuing Legal Education Credits by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.0 hours, of which 1.0 hours applies to general credit, and by the State Bar of New York in the amount of 1.0 credit hours, of which 1.0 credit hours can be applied toward the Areas of Professional Practice requirement if a follow-up and evaluation is completed for Venable post-webinar. The CLE code will be given out during the webinar. Venable certifies this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California and State Bar of New York, which govern minimum continuing legal education. Venable is a State Bar of California and State Bar of New York approved MCLE provider. This program is appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys.

Presented by:

Steven J. Schwarz, Partner at Venable LLP.

Mr. Schwarz’s practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on patents. Mr. Schwarz works closely with clients through all phases of the product development cycle to evaluate and obtain effective patent protection, both domestically and worldwide. He also assists clients to avoid the patent rights of their competitors.


Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact TIA’s Jackie Retzer (646.454.5587).