McAndrews, Held & Malloy Attorney Dunstan H. Barnes, Ph.D., Spoke on the Partial Design Panel at AIPPI World Congress in Sydney, Australia


On Monday October 16, McAndrews, Held & Malloy attorney Dunstan H. Barnes, Ph.D., spoke on the Partial Design panel at the annual AIPPI World Congress in Sydney, Australia.

The panel built off of the AIPPI Milan 2017 Congress discussion of whether a part or portion of a product can be the subject of independent design protection and if so the requirements for and scope of any such design protection. As part of the discussion, the panel covered whether such a partial design must be visible to the human eye when used, and whether exemptions from protection such as “must fit” (where the deigns for the portion of the object is dictated by the need to fit with other parts or products, which may or may not be in the context of “reparation”) apply.

Dr. Barnes focuses his practice on protecting and analyzing design rights, including drafting and prosecuting design patent applications, and conducting opinion work and due diligence investigations. Dr. Barnes also has experience drafting and prosecuting trademark applications and utility patent applications in a wide range of technological fields and industries.

AIPPI is the world’s leading international organization dedicated to the development and improvement of IP protection. It is based in Switzerland and has over 9,000 members representing 125 countries.