Director Tracy Durkin moderated the panel “Industrial Design Protection: A Comparative Look at the Standards for Eligibility” at the 2023 INTA Leadership Meeting. Tracy’s session occurred on Friday, November 17, 2023.

Panel Description

As with formal requirements such as written descriptions and drawings, the criteria for eligibility for the protection of an industrial design are equally un-harmonized. This session compared the eligibility standards for the protection of an industrial design in various key jurisdictions around the globe (the USA, EU, Japan, Brazil, and India).


  • Tracy-Gene G. Durkin, Director, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC (USA)


  • Ashwani Balayan, Partner, ALG India Law Offices LLP (India)
  • José Carlos e Dias, Senior Partner, Vaz e Dias Advogados & Associados (Brazil)
  • Katja Middelhoff, Counsel, CMS (Germany)
  • Richard Stockton, Partner, Banner & Witcoff (USA)

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