May 1, 2019 Brown Bag CLE: Design Patents Following Samsung v. Apple – Where Are We?

Please join us as speaker Nika F. Aldrich give a presentation on the current state of design patent law.  In 2016, the Supreme Court issued its first design patent decision since the 1800s, in a case that dramatically changed the legal landscape for design patents.  We will catch up on the state of affairs since the seminal Samsung v. Apple decision, including open issues that are currently awaiting guidance from the Federal Circuit.

Materials: OSB Design Patent Talk

Speaker: Nika Aldrich is a shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, and adjunct professor of patent law at Lewis & Clark Law School.  His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, and he has represented clients concerning a number of technologies, including medical devices, software, food, textiles, fuel systems, pharmaceuticals, and more.

Nika was the lead trial attorney in Columbia Sportswear v. Seirus Innovative Accessories, the first design patent case following the Supreme Court decision in Samsung v. Apple to go to trial.  He is also the lead attorney in the appeal in that case, which will be the first case dealing with damages in a design patent case following Samsung.

Brown Bag CLE Schedule and Material: Visit the IP Section’s website at for upcoming Brown Bag CLEs and to download materials for this CLE and past presentations. (CLE materials will be uploaded soon after the CLE.)

MCLE Credit: Applying for one (1) general credit from the Oregon State Bar

Date:               May 1, 2019

Time:               12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Where:            The Cleaners @ Ace Hotel Portland, 403 SW 10th, Portland, OR 97205, (503) 228-2277


$20 without lunch (you may bring your own lunch, food carts are just 2-blocks away)

$43 with boxed lunch provided by Clyde Common (menu selection provided below). Note the slight increase for lunch (from $41 in the past) is due to a price increase from Clyde Common. For boxed lunches, your registration with lunch order must be received by noon, Friday, April 26, 2019. Otherwise, you may register any time prior to the meeting or at the door. 


* Law students:  May attend for free depending on seat availability; email the registration contact person indicated below. 


Please bring payment to the CLE (check or cash). Sorry, no credit cards can be accepted. Please make checks payable to: Oregon State Bar IP Section. 


At least 48 hours’ notice is required to cancel your pre-ordered lunch with a refund. No-shows will be charged for pre-ordered lunches if 48 hr cancellation notice was not received. 

The organizer for this CLE is: Kelly Lusk, Dunn Carney LLP, [email protected].

Registration: Please fill-out the registration form provided at