December 7, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Virtual

En Banc Federal Circuit Case LKQ v. GM, Design Patent Obviousness

Currently before the en banc Federal Circuit is the appeal in LKQ Corp. v. GM Global Tech.  It is rare that the Federal Circuit takes a case en banc (the last time being 5 years ago), and even rarer that the court takes on a design patent case en banc; this marking only the third time in the history of the court.  The central issue in the case is what should be the test for determining obviousness under 35 U.S.C. 103 in the context of design patents.  Hear expert panelists, each authors of amicus briefs in the case, discuss the issues at play in the case and potential outcomes.

Frank A. Angileri of Brooks Kushman authored an amicus brief for Ford Motor Company.

John L. Cordani of Robinson Cole authored an amicus brief for American Property Casualty Insurance, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, and Certified Automotive Parts Association.

Robert S. Katz of Banner Witcoff authored an amicus brief for Industrial Designer's Society of America. 

Professor Joshua D. Sarnoff of DePaul University College of Law authored an amicus brief for The Mills Legal Clinic at Stanford Law School, Juelsgaard IP & Innovation Clinic, Securerepairs, iFixit, United States Public Interest Research Group, Inc.

Moderator Christopher V. Carani of McAndrews, Held & Malloy authored an amicus brief for AIPLA.

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Frank A. Angileri

Brooks Kushman


John L. Cordani

Robinson Cole

Robert S. Katz

Banner Witcoff

Prof. Joshua D. Sarnoff

DePaul University

College of Law

Christopher V. Carani

McAndrews, Held & Malloy


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