Strategic use of industrial design can protect innovations in a variety of areas. It offers numerous advantages, both alone and in combination with protection by utility patent. Practical examples will be given to help you appreciate its versatility.
Mr. Lapointe will discuss existing processes and recently-introduced mechanisms for accelerating examination and issuance of patents in Canada, the United States and Europe. In particular, he will address special status, the Patent Prosecution Highway and acceleration of patent applications for "green" technologies.