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Functionality and Graphical User Interface Design Patents

Michael Risch

Modern designers of graphical user interfaces, or GUIs, have obtained design patent protection for creative computer software displays, a realm previously limited to copyright. The difference in protection is important because design patents do not traditionally allow the same defenses—like fair use—associated with copyright. Apple’s nearly billion-dollar judgment against Samsung, which included such a GUI patent, brought this issue to the forefront.This Article answers three emerging questions:... Read more about Functionality and Graphical User Interface Design Patents

  • March 5, 2014
  • 17 Stan. Tech. L. Rev. 53