No Swiping. Patents in the Interaction Design Process, Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Rob Tannen, PhD - No Swiping: Patents in the Interaction Design Process

Please join PhillyCHI as we present Rob Tannen, PhD and special guest, Leonid “Lenny” Kravets, who will discuss the basics of design and utility patents, and the relevancy of patents to the interaction design process.


  • Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
  • Time: 6:00PM – 9:00PM (social time from 6:00PM-7:00PM)
  • Location: Bresslergroup, Marketplace Design Center, 2400 Market St. 1-2 (basement)
  • Phone: 215-209-3046
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About the Presentation

While the visibility and value of user interface patents is greater than ever, the area remains unfamiliar to many interaction designers.  In this informative session, a designer and a patent attorney will explain the basics of design and utility patents. highlight significant examples and discuss the role of patents in the design process.  We will also facilitate a design activity where participants will generate design concepts to avoid infringing on existing patents.

About the Presenters

Rob Tannen, PhD is Director of Research & Interaction Design at Bresslergroup.  He has over 15 years’ experience leading  interface design projects across a variety of industries including aviation, consumer products, manufacturing,  financial services and healthcare.  He is a frequent speaker and contributor to online and print publications including & Design Bureau as well as his own blog, Rob earned a PhD in human factors and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist.  He has consulted on several patent cases and projects.  Follow Rob on Twitter @RobTannen.

Leonid “Lenny” Kravets is a patent attorney at Panitch, Schwarze, Belisario and Nadel, LLP in Philadelphia, PA. Lenny focuses his practice on patent prosecution and intellectual property transactions in computer-related technology areas. He specializes in developing IP strategy for young technology companies and blogs on this topic at Follow Lenny on Twitter @lkravets.

About Our Sponsor

Bresslergroup is a Philly-based product development firm that’s been delivering innovative solutions for over 40 years. We’re proud to have won more than 80 international design awards and authored well over 130 patents. Our team of PhD-led researchers, engineers, interaction and industrial designers clarify problems and deliver user-centric solutions. Visit to learn more, and follow us on Twitter at @Bresslergroup.

About PhillyCHI

PhillyCHI is the Philadelphia region’s chapter of the ACM SIGCHI, an interdisciplinary academic and professional group interested in Human-Computer Interaction, User Experience, Usability, and other related disciplines. PhillyCHI holds monthly meetings and socials to network and discuss current topics in HCI. Learn more at phillychi.acm.orgor follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.