Director Tracy-Gene G. Durkin spoke on the webinar “Global Digital Design Protection Landscape,” presented by INTA  on Wednesday, October 18, 2023.

Webinar Overview

New digital designs are posing new challenges, but also opportunities, for industrial design protection systems across the world. Industrial design protection laws are currently being amended in various jurisdictions to provide an effective protection for these designs. Representatives from the USPTO and the EUIPO—along with brand owners and design law practitioners—came together to discuss how various jurisdictions are protecting new 2D digital designs, including graphical user interfaces (known as GUIs), and digital designs in the metaverse.  


  • Ivan Sempere (Chair of INTA Design Committee) 


  • Tracy Gene-Durkin (Vice Chair of INTA Design Committee) 
  • Monica Leenders from Philips Intellectual Property & Standards
  • David Gerk from USPTO
  • Kelly Bennett from the EUIPO Legal Department

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