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Design Patents, Copyrights, and User Interfaces

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Produced on December 15, 2016

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Intellectual Property Patent

Course Description

With billion dollar judgements making the news, there is an increased interest in understanding the protections provided by design patents and how those protections may be different from those found in copyright. Join attorney Steven Rubin as he analyzes the scope of design patents.  Here, he includes a review of the tests for novelty and infringement and a discussion of how the functionality prohibition is handled. To identify the distinction of the protections found in copyrights, he focuses on protection of software, including an examination of the idea versus expression dichotomy, and the tests used for infringement of software copyright. Finally, he examines how user interfaces may be protected through design patents and copyrights.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the scope of design patents 
  2. Identify the distinction of the protections found in design patents and copyrights
  3. Recognize how to protect user interfaces through both avenues 

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Steven S. Rubin

Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP

Steven Rubin is a Partner with the firm where he Chairs the Patent Practice Group and Co-Chairs its Cybersecurity Practice Group.

Mr. Rubin has 15 years of experience in consulting clients on patent related matters. He advises clients throughout all phases of a patent’s life from conception by an inventor to enforcement. He drafts and prosecutes patent applications and has managed large international patent portfolios. In addition, Mr. Rubin also identifies potential patent infringement assertions and potential cross-licensing opportunities and provides infringement opinions as needed. He represents clients in patent enforcement and litigation matters domestically and internationally and reviews patent portfolios and pending patent litigations in relation to corporate mergers, acquisitions and investments. He also represents companies of all sizes from start-ups to multi-national corporations. 

In the cybersecurity space, Mr. Rubin relies on his technology background in counseling clients and creating written information security plans (WISPs). The WISP may be used by companies to mitigate the risk of, and potentially limit exposure from, a data breach. Mr. Rubin also serves as part of a multi-disciplinary team that can be called into action when a company is sued for actions associated with a data breach.

Mr. Rubin focuses his practice on technology relating to electronics and computer science and has worked in diverse fields such as software; multi-core architecture; augmented reality; optical communication; information processing; image processing; security systems; video conferencing; network based technologies, including cloud computing; mobile applications; search engines; military defense systems; physics; material science; encryption; chemical engineering; nanotechnology; medical devices; microlithography; RF-ID; fabrication and production of semiconductor devices; computer and network architecture and monitoring; circuits; coding/decoding, processing and transmission of signals; antennas; cell phone and pager technology; printer and display technology including LCD control; transmission, compression, synchronization, processing, and display of television signals; optical communications and lens technologies; mechanical devices; and lighting circuitry.

As a recognized leader in his field, Mr. Rubin speaks and publishes extensively on various issues and topics pertaining to patent law and cybersecurity law. He has been quoted in IP Law & Business, Forbes Magazine, Information Week, World Intellectual Property Law Review, macnewsworld.com, ecommercetimes.com, TechNewsWorld, Linuxinsider, EE Times, IPLaw360.com, Information Display Magazine, Newsday and Long Island Business News, and in December 2012, he appeared as a legal analyst on PBS's Nightly Business Report (NBR) "Profiting from Patents".

In addition to his legal career, Mr. Rubin mentors law students at Hofstra University School of Law. He has also taught intellectual property law at Stony Brook University, as well as patent law at Brooklyn Law School, Fordham University School of Law, Stony Brook University and Farmingdale State College.


John J.

Best CLE I’ve listened to!

Matthew A.

Good overview.

David T.

Excellent summary, comparison and contrast of design patents v. copyrights. I would be interested in an expanded course if one is offered.

Julianne F.

Great presenter.

irina a.

great course especially the real life examples.

Alan T.

Loved the history of something called a "phone book!"

Richard M.

Best instructor I have seen on LAWLINE. Knowledgeable, engaging, very substantive.

James A.

Valuable comparison of design patent and copyright protection, with many examples.

Justin L.

Great speaker. Hilarious and educational.

John C.

Excellent survey of issues & cases for an attorney not practicing in the area of design patents & copyrights. Very informative!

Marcus M.

Very nice presentation.

Andrew w.

Very good

Nancy J.

Presenter displayed a bit of a playful sense of humor which made the presentation much more in engaging that the usual taped CLE

Dena R.

TREMENDOUS (please ! many more from this presenter ! )

John E.

This instructor is one of the best I have seen on Lawline.

Steve S.


Peter V.

One of the best IP programs I have watched...thanks.

Joshua H.

Excellent work by the presenter to prepare and deliver an outstanding course.


Excellent presentation. It was comprehensive on designs, concise in how courts deal with them and clear on how to evaluate and secure protection.

Dane R.

Great course

Nicholas Lee S.

Very happy with the speaker

David S.

Good sense of humor

Steven T.

Nice presentation.

Pam F.

Huey, the GUI, was great! The whole presentation was fantastic. And I highly recommend it!! Thanks!

Dennis V.

This guy cracked me up. He did a good job keeping a potentially snooze inducing topic tolerable.

Derek B.

Great presentation - style and substance.

Eric S.

This was probably the best and most informative Lawline course I have taken.

Faith M.

Excellent presenter

David N.

Very good speaker.

Robert B.

Great presentation style!

Julie A. B.

Amazing (again)!

Charles C.

He always does a great job with a complicated issue.

Rhonda G. W.

Thank you for this superb program -- clear and thorough.

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