The Truth About Design Patents – October 18, 2023 CIPLA Meeting

Event Details

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
6-9 PM at The Elm City Club, New Haven

The Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) is pleased to announce its first meeting in the 2023-2024 schedule. 

The Truth about Design Patents

Please join us for a presentation on this topic, facilitated by Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Director, IP and Information Law Program, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.   

Presentation Summary

The conventional wisdom about design patents is dire. Supposedly, the USPTO rejects around half of all design patent applications; courts invalidate most asserted design patents in litigation; and as many as half of asserted design patents are found noninfringed in litigation.  We trace the origins of these myths, debunk them, and offer updated empirical data for a fresh look at the landscape of design rights.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at The Elm City Club in New Haven, from 6 to 9 PM.

About Professor Vishnubhakat:

Professor Vishnubhakat’s research has been cited in federal appellate and trial court opinions, agency reports and rulemaking, and over two dozen Supreme Court briefs. His work has been published in leading law journals including the Washington & Lee Law Review and Iowa Law Review, in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Law and the Biosciences and the Journal of Economic Perspectives, and in the intellectual property and technology journals of the Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Berkeley, and Duke law schools. His first book, A Tort Theory of Patent Litigation: History and Reform, is under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Until 2022, Vishnubhakat was a professor at Texas A&M University, where he held tenured appointments in the School of Law and the Dwight Look College of Engineering and guest-lectured in the Mays Business School. Before coming to Texas A&M, he served in the United States Patent and Trademark Office as principal legal advisor to that agency’s first two chief economists. He was also a faculty fellow at the Duke Law School, where he co-taught patent law, and was a postdoctoral associate at the Duke Center for Public Genomics, where he researched law and policy issues surrounding innovation in genetics and biomedicine.

Professor Vishnubhakat holds a J.D. and LL.M. in intellectual property from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He also holds a B.S. in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is admitted to the bars of Texas, Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Please RSVP by Friday, October 13, 2023 on the CIPLA website or by emailing CIPLA Program Neil Vaz at