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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Delegate for a Day – Designs edition

By Lester Miller – Patent attorney, Senior Associate

Pop quiz! We again invite you to be a delegate of the Registrar of Designs:

Step 1: Think like someone familiar with the products shown (an informed user).
Step 2: Get an overall impression of each design in the surveys below. In each category, ask yourself whether the designs are identical or substantially similar to any of the ones shown as prior art.
Step 3: Decide whether you would allow (if the designs are not substantially similar) or revoke (if the designs are substantially similar) the new design in light of the closest prior art provided.
Step 4: Enter your decision into the response and read our brief comments on these real-life cases.

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