Alumni Events

IP / Design Protection 101 for Artists and Designers

Thursday, September 23, 2021

1:00 - 2:30 PM PDT Add to Calendar

ArtCenter College of Design

Former attorney and current industrial designer and faculty, Joel Delman will help alumni understand the basics of intellectual property protection. This workshop will review the baseline legal information on patents, trademarks and copyrights that you need to understand to protect yourself and your designs.

The focus of Joel’s work includes the development of compelling aesthetic solutions and brands, as well as the design of novel features, functionality, and business models which allow clients to engage user needs and capitalize on profitable market opportunities. He holds over 40 US design and utility patents, and serves as Chair of The Industrial Designers Society of America’s (IDSA) Design Protection Committee. Though no longer a practicing attorney, Joel provides litigation support and serves as a design expert witness in disputes involving design patent infringement, trade dress and associated intellectual property matters.

Joel’s expertise is in industrial design protection; however, all alums would find part of the workshop helpful.

RSVP by Sept. 20

Questions? Contact or 626 396-2305.

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Formerly a corporate and intellectual property lawyer, Joel Delman graduated Harvard Law School and later earned a Master's in Industrial Design at Pratt Institute. From toys to complex medical devices, Joel has spent the past 27 years guiding innovation through strategic product development, and has helped hundreds of clients bridge the gap between creative insight and commercial success. Joel currently co-teaches “From Classroom to Career” in the graduate Environmental Design department.


Joel Delman is not a practicing lawyer. ArtCenter is not a law firm. This workshop is only offering business advice, not legal advice. Consult a qualified attorney for any and all legal guidance. Suggested information is merely that - a suggestion. It may have worked for Joel, but that doesn’t create any guarantees or assurances that it will work for you, or any right to sue Joel or ArtCenter College of Design. Use advice from this workshop at your own risk.