Design Patents

Design Patents

A design patent protects the ornamental appearance or “look” of an object of manufacture. Design patent protection extends only to the design features of a useful article, including its shape, configuration, or surface ornamentation. By way of contrast to utility patents, the subject matter of a design patents must be non-functional in nature. The owner of a design patent has the right to prevent others from making, using, or selling the design.
 
In the United States, a design patent has a term of fifteen (15) years from its date of grant and does not require maintenance fees to preserve the registration. A design patent may be obtained in addition to a utility patent for the same invention, as each provides legally distinct protection. Further, the subject of a design patent may also benefit from trademark and/or copyright protection.
 
To learn more about design patents, or to proceed with a design patent application, please contact the Firm by e-mail, telephone, or facsimile. We look forward to the opportunity to be of service to you.

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