George Raynal


George Raynal is the principal and managing attorney of Saidman DesignLaw Group.

George is an experienced patent attorney and his practice covers all aspects of design law, with a particular focus on U.S. and international design patent procurement and enforcement. George manages significant design rights portfolios for major electronics, automobile and heavy equipment manufacturers, helping them obtain robust design protection and enforce their rights against knock-offs.  George is also engaged in a variety of copyright, trademark and contract matters, including litigation and licensing. He is the vice-chair of the Industrial Design Committees of the AIPLA and the ABA-IPL, a member of the IPO Design Committee and a member of the INTA Brands and Innovation committee. George regularly researches, presents and publishes on design patent issues, including design patent prosecution and practice, design patent litigation, design patent validity challenges, Customs enforcement for designs, and International Design Registration through the Hague System. George is also a Clinical Adjunct Professor in the Intellectual Property Law Clinic at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Industry and Product Experience:

Graphical User Interfaces; Automotive; Aerospace; Architecture; Medical Devices; Consumer Electronics; Consumer Products; Packaging; Furniture and Lighting; Athletic Equipment and Apparel; Fashion; Industrial Machinery and Equipment; Food Products.

Subject Matter Experience: Design Protection utilizing Design Patent and Registration and Copyright and Trademark Law


  • B.S. Biochemistry, Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences (2000)
  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law (2007)
    • Editor, Journal of Science and Technology Law
    • Technology Commercialization Law Program


  • New York State
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

(Not admitted in MD.)


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Industrial Designs Committee, Chair 2021-2022; Vice Chair 2010-2021
  • American Bar Associate (ABA), Industrial Designs Committee, Co-Chair 2021-2022; Vice-Chair 2019-2021
    • Fellows of the American Bar Association, Expanding Knowledge, Advancing Justice
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), Industrial Designs Committee, Member 2016-present
  • International Trademark Association (INTA), Brands and Innovation Committee, 2017-2021
  • The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), 2021-present


First Design Patent Derivation, June 10, 2022


  • AIPLA Design Rights Boot Camp, Design Law Informatics (temporarily postponed)
  • ABA-IPL Annual Meeting, Coordinator and Panelist: Protecting Parts and Right to Repair in the U.S., Europe and China
  • IPO Annual Meeting – Design Patents and Copyright – What Protects What?, September 30, 2021
  • Webinar: Design Patent Claim Amendment, Reissue and Validity Challenges, Strafford, June 11, 2021
  • ABA-IPL Annual Meeting, Moderator, US and International Design Patent Litigation and Prosecution Update, April 16, 2021
  • AIPLA & ABA-IPL  ITC Committees Joint Call, Design Patents, Customs (Counterfeit Goods Seizure Act of 2019, S.2987) and the ITC, January 23, 2020
  • AIPLA PTAB Trial Committee Call, Overview of PTAB proceedings involving Design Patents, January 16, 2020
  • 2019 AIPLA Annual Meeting, Design Patent Complaints and Sanctions
  • 2019 IPO Annual Meeting, Enforcing Industrial Design Rights Outside the Courts, Online Marketplace and Customs Enforcement, September 26, 2019
  • 2019 AIPLA Design Rights Boot Camp, Design Law Informatics, August 6, 2019
  • INTA Annual Meeting 2018 Table Topic: Design Protection for Brands, May 20, 2019
  • AIPLA Annual Meeting 2018 Industrial Designs Committee Meeting Presentation: In re Maatita, October 25, 2018
  • INTA Annual Meeting 2018 Table Topic: The Market Fallout of the Apple/Samsung Smartphone Wars in the US
  • USPTO Design Day 2018, Patent Office Proceedings, April 25, 2018
  • USPTO Design Patent Examiner’s Afternoon: Caselaw Update, April 24, 2018
  • 13th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute, Determining “Total Profit” for Design Patent Infringement after Samsung v. Apple, March 2, 2018
  • Federal Circuit Design Patent UpdateMilo & Gabby v.; Advantek Marketing v. Shanghai Walk-Long Tools, American Bar Association (ABA) Industrial Designs Committee, November 14, 2017
  • IPR-PGR and Hague Update 100417, AIPLA Industrial Designs Committee, October 4, 2017
  • 289 Litigation Update 091217, American Bar Association (ABA) Industrial Designs Committee, September 12, 2017
  • University of Dayton School of Law 27th Annual Program in Law and Technology Seminar, June 9, 2017:
    • Patent Breakout I: Interface to the State of Design Patent Law;
    • Patent Breakout II: Designing an Enforcement Strategy in the Wake of Samsung v. Apple
  • American Bar Association (ABA) Industrial Designs Committee, February 2017 Presentation on Hague International Design Registrations Designating the U.S. for Icons, Graphical User Interfaces, Logos, Patterns, Symbols and other Ornament
  • Protecting the appearance of Icons and Graphical User Interfaces, what you need to know in the US and Europe, AIPLA Webinar, December 13, 2016
  • Risks and Rewards of Design Protection for Graphical User Interfaces and Product Configurations, 2016 Corporate IP Institute, October 25, 2016
  • Product Design and Intellectual Property Rights, WIPO-USA Summer School on Designs, August 1, 2016
  • USPTO Design Patent Examiner’s Afternoon: Design Trends and Caselaw, April 18, 2016
  • Design Patents: Current Trends and Issues, Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, December 10, 2015
  • Design Patent Drawings: Illustration, Validity and Enforcement, 2015 Corporate IP Institute, October 27-28, 2015
  • Hottest Topics in Design Protection, WIPO-USA Summer School on Designs, July 30, 2015
  • Report from the Front Line: Overview of Recent Design Patent Decisions, 2015 USPTO Design Day, April 14, 2015