Video of Felicia Ferrone on “What Is Design? A Designer’s View” at Chicago-Kent Center for Design, Law & Technology

event: Felicia Ferrone, an internationally renowned designer based in Chicago, will speak in the Center’s series on “What Is Design?”  In an interview led by a moderator, Ferrone gave her perspective on design and the design process, from idea to production.

bio: Felicia Ferrone’s work is deeply informed by her early experience as an architect in Milan, where she was first taught to “blur boundaries.” While working alongside some of Italy’s most notable architects, Felicia solidified her belief in the interdependence of all aspects of design and of the relationship of design and context. In 2010, she founded fferrone, her international namesake brand. Produced in close collaboration with master artisans, fferrone’s handcrafted furniture and products continue to blur boundaries, challenge archetypes, and blend typologies with whimsy, mastery of proportions, and innovative production techniques.

Felicia’s work has been exhibited, distributed, and published worldwide and her work is included in the Art Institute of Chicago’s permanent collection. In addition to her work with fferrone, Felicia has completed commissioned works for such notable clients as Boffi, The Macallan, Cool Hunting, and Audi. She is also is the Director of Graduate Studies in Industrial Design and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

She also holds a US and EU Design Patent and a US Utility Patent for a bottle of her design which reduces volume in store, shipping, and creates unlimited visual communication opportunities given it’s unique, asymmetrical design.

Video of interview with Chef Edward Kim of Mott St on “What Is Design? A Chef’s View”

Chef Edward Kim, the acclaimed chef of Mott St restaurant in Chicago. He will speak in the Center’s series on “What Is Design?”  In an interview led by a moderator, Chef Kim will give his perspective on designing culinary dishes and menus for his restaurants, from idea to preparation and the creative process as a chef.

Chef Edward Kim crafts a straight-forward yet progressive menu drawn from his culinary influences from French technique, and Asian heritage. He transforms fresh and locally-sourced produce into thoughtful, approachable dishes. Edward was born and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Kim intended to become an attorney but eventually found his passion in the culinary arts. He is a graduate from New York University with a B.A. in political science, and a culinary graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Los Angeles.

He is the owner and Executive Chef of Mott St and Mini Mottearning distinctions as one of the top 50 best new restaurants in the country by Bon Appétit magazine, one of Chicago’s best restaurants by Condé Nast Traveler, and a James Beard semifinalist for Best Chef Great Lakes. Chef Kim’s first restaurant was the widely acclaimed Ruxbin.

BookIT talk with Christopher Carani about “Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection”

Christopher Carani, a partner of the law firm McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd. and a Research Affiliate of c∆, spoke about the recently published book he edited, Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection (Wolters Kluwer N.V. 2017), at a BookIT IP Series talk at Chicago-Kent College of Law on April 11, 2018. The book addresses the issue of functionality in the context of design rights, which has become an important aspect of intellectual property law with respect to the protection of industrial and other designs, and provides detailed country-by-country analysis and guidance on the legal issues and practical implications of functionality in 27 key jurisdictions worldwide. Learn about Chicago-Kent’s Program in Intellectual Property Law at


Prof. Sarah Burstein talk on “Whole Designs”

event: Prof. Sarah Burstein of the University of Oklahoma College of Law is this year’s first speaker in the Center’s series on “What Is Design?”  That question is central to the scope of design protection, yet the answer may differ depending on one’s view of design.  Prof. Burstein examines the question of statutory subject matter of the design patent act and how we might reimagine the concept of what is a “design.”

bio: Sarah Burstein is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Her scholarship focuses on design law, with a particular focus on design patents.  She is a Research Affiliate of the Chicago-Kent Center for Design, Law & Technology.

She has participated, by invitation, in design law conferences at the University of Oxford, Stanford Law School, the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, ETH Zürich, and Waseda University in Tokyo. Prior to joining the faculty at OU, Professor Burstein worked as an intellectual property litigation associate in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Professor Burstein has a law degree from the University of Chicago and B.A. in Art & Design from Iowa State University.

Date: Nov. 14, 2018
Time: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Venue : Chicago-Kent College of Law

Prof. Orly Lobel BookIT talk on “You Don’t Own Me”

When Carter Bryant began designing what would become the billion-dollar line of Bratz dolls, he was taking time off from his job at Mattel, where he designed outfits for Barbie. Later, back at Mattel, he sold his concept for Bratz to rival company MGA. Law professor Orly Lobel reveals the colorful story behind the ensuing decade-long court battle.  The battle between Mattel, the makers of the iconic Barbie doll, and MGA, the company that created the Bratz dolls, was not just a war over best-selling toys, but a war over who owns ideas.

This entertaining and provocative work pits audacious MGA against behemoth Mattel, shows how an idea turns into a product, and explores the two different versions of womanhood, represented by traditional all-American Barbie and her defiant, anti-establishment rival―the only doll to come close to outselling her. In an era when workers may be asked to sign contracts granting their employers the rights to and income resulting from their ideas―whether conceived during work hours or on their own time―Lobel’s deeply researched story is a riveting and thought-provoking contribution to the contentious debate over creativity and intellectual property.

Orly Lobel is the Don Weckstein Professor of Law at the University of San Diego and received her doctoral and law degrees from Harvard University. She is a prolific speaker, commentators and scholar who travels the world with an impact on policy and industry. Her best-selling book You Don’t Own Me: How Mattel v. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie’s Dark Side (Norton 2017) has been nationally and internationally acclaimed and received rave reviews from the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New Yorker, NPR, Modern Law, Times Higher Education, the Washington Blade, and more.

Official Launch: February 21, 2018

The launch of Chicago-Kent’s new Center for Design, Law & Technology occurred on February 21, 2018 with a public lecture by the center’s co-founder Graeme Dinwoodie, the Global Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Chicago-Kent, who will speak on “The Future of Design Copyright after Star Athletica?” Mark McKenna, Notre Dame Professor of Law and Presidential Fellow, who is a Research Affiliate of the Center, offered a reply.

5-6 pm – Public lecture by Prof. Dinwoodie and reply by Prof. McKenna (Approved for 1 hour of general IL MCLE and 1 hour of general PA MCLE; download CLE materials here)

6-7 pm – Reception