What is a design patent?
- A Design Patent protects the ornamental visual elements of a functional object. It provides 15 years of protection from the date it is granted against substantially similar designs. Read Details (PDF)
- A Design Patent Application consists of a series of figures that show the design from each relevant visual
perspective, along with a short one sentence description of what is shown in each figure.
- Unlike a Utility Application, the Design Application is concerned only with the appearance of the object or
invention, not its usefulness.
- The application may relate to the configuration or shape of an object, the surface ornamentation applied to the
object, or a combination of the configuration or shape, and the surface ornamentation.
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