This website was designed to act as a web-based platform for teaching and learning about design law. At the moment, this is accomplished through an innovative file sharing system that allows students and professors to share and find resources about design law. In the future, however, we also plan to add case studies and tutorials for the public.
We've started the database off with a multitude of supplementary materials for the Trade Dress & Design Law casebook. However, the database is generically structured and searchable, so that any design law course can use it. All you need to do is register with our site to get started sharing!
The database is full of (1) primary source materials, like treaties, statutes, and cases (2) secondary source materials, and (3) images from important cases that couldn't be fit into the casebook. For those of you that are more visually oriented learners, we hope these extra images will enrich your learning experience.
Trade Dress & Design Law can be a tough course to teach. Among other things, it bridges several areas of IP and it requires a lot of resources. To help, we've created a separate portal for professors to share teaching materials, such as course proposals, syllabi, classroom slides, and even exams.
While the full database is much larger, this should give you a feel for how it can be used with your design law course. It contains everything from old images of the spoons in Gorham v. White, to audio files from Apple and Samsung’s most recent oral argument at the Federal Circuit. Just click on the download icon to listen or view anything in the sample database. In addition to these materials, professors will also have access to a separate database with course materials.
|Book Part||Chapter||Generic Description||Full Description or Case Name||File Type||Status|
|Copyright||7||Litigation||Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, No. 15-866 (US 2017)|
|Design Patent||6||Litigation||Samsung Electronics v. Apple, No. 15-777 (US 2016)|
|Sui Generis||8||Litigation||PMS International Ltd v. Magmatic Ltd  UKSC 12 (9 March 2016)|
|Design Patent||6||Litigation||Apple v. Samsung (Apple IV) (No. 2014-1335) (CAFC 2015)|
|Design Patent||5||Litigation||Ethicon v. Covidien (No. 14-1370) (CAFC 2015)|
|Design Patent||5||Litigation||MRC Innovations v. Hunter Mfg. - Oral Argument from CAFC||audio|
|Copyright||7||Design||Patent No. 6109921 (Pivot Point Int'l v. Charlene Products)|
|Trade Dress||3||Design||Valu Engineering's Trademark Application (Valu Engineering v. Rexnord Corp.)|
|Trade Dress||3||Design||D312124 (Vornado Air Circulation Sys.)|
|Copyright||7||Litigation||Mara & Liza Comparison (Pivot Point Int'l v. Charlene Products)|
|Copyright||7||Litigation||Pull My Finger Fred Doll & Allegedly Infringing Fartman Doll (JCW Investments v. Novelty)||image|
|Copyright||7||Administrative||Compendium of US Copyright Office Practices (3rd ed. Draft 2014)|
|Trade Dress||4||Design||Trademark Reg. No. 4430996 (Christian Louboutin)|
|Trade Dress||5||Administrative||MPEP Ch 1500 (9th ed. March 2014)|
|Sui Generis||8||Statutory||Design Directive 98-71-EC|
|Sui Generis||8||Litigation||Karen Millen Fashions v. Dunnes Stores (ECJ, Jun 19, 2014)|
|Design Patent||6||Design||Egyptian Goddess v. Swisa - prior art comparison w. '389 patent||image|
|Design Patent||6||Litigation||Egyptian Goddess v. Swisa Inc (en banc) - Oral Argument (large file)||audio|
|Copyright||7||Litigation||Mazer v. Stein (record)|
|Sui Generis||8||Design||RCD181607-0001 (Apple)|
|Design Patent||6||Design||D2551 (White)|
|Design Patent||6||Design||D2992 (White)|
|Sui Generis||8||Litigation||Samsung Electronics v. Apple  ECDR 2 (CA) (Oct 18, 2012)|
|Design Patent||6||Design||D1440 (Gorham)|
|Design Patent||6||Litigation||Apple v. Samsung (Apple IV) (No. 2014-1335) (Oral Argument Dec 4, 2014) - large file||audio|
|Trade Dress||3||Design||Patent No. 3646696 (MDI's 'dual-spring' utility patent)|