Design Patent Infringement Needs a Free Expression Defense (La infracción de patentes de diseño necesita una defensa de libre expresión)

Juriste International, No. 1, 2017, at 44

4 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2018

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Richard J. Peltz-Steele

University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth

Ralph D. Clifford

University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth

Date Written: July 31, 2017

Abstract

English Abstract: As elsewhere in the world, design patents are propagating copiously in U.S. intellectual property law. Notwithstanding their fertility, design patents face potentially prohibitive and as yet unexplored legal challenges. One possibility is that the U.S. Congress might lack the very power to authorize design patents. Another possibility – our subject here, with implications for design patents in Europe and around the world – is that design patents violate fundamental rights if there is not a defense to infringement founded in the freedom of expression.

Spanish Abstract: Las patentes de diseño se propagan en abundancia en el derecho de la propiedad intelectual. Mientras tanto, las patentes de diseño enfrentan desafíos legales aún inexplorados. Enfocándose en la ley estadounidense, este artículo postula que las patentes de diseño violan los derechos fundamentales si no hay una defensa a la infracción fundada en la libertad de expresión. Diseño es único entre las patentes debido a su capacidad expresiva. Por lo tanto, debe acomodarse a la libertad de expresión con defensa de uso o trato justo, comparable a la ley de los derechos de autor.

Keywords: intellectual property, design, patent, freedom of expression, fair use, infringement

JEL Classification: K11, K33, K39

Suggested Citation

Peltz-Steele, Richard J. and Clifford, Ralph D., Design Patent Infringement Needs a Free Expression Defense (La infracción de patentes de diseño necesita una defensa de libre expresión) (July 31, 2017). Juriste International, No. 1, 2017, at 44, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3114321

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