I'm really looking forward to being part of the PIUG Freedom-to-Operate (FTO) Fundamentals course next month in Philadelphia (Link). As many of you know, I get to do the device / engineering / everything not bio or chem part of the course. One of the subjects that is extremely important in my world is Designs. Yes, pretty pictures aka Designs. 

As a primer for anybody wondering why Designs are so important, there is a very informative blog post on the IP WatchDog site today (Link). It's a summary of the Apple vs. Samsung case currently being decided by the Supreme Court and discusses why Designs and this high-profile case are extremely important to patent law in the United States. (As always, the answer has to do with MONEY.) Never mind. The linked article is now gone and the link points to a less informative blog posting. Very strange. (Edited Oct. 20, 2016)

Lastly, if you are in the FTO course, please bring difficult questions and scenarios (without giving away corporate secrets) because Greg, John, and I love an interactive class.

Dominic DeMarco