How to patent a product

Should you file a patent application? Before diving into the details of how to patent a product, let’s consider a more fundamental question: Should you patent your product or idea? A wise IP strategy should take into consideration the following factors before filing patent applications: Product lifespan (How long will the product realistically last in […]

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How to protect product parts with design patents

Is patenting replacement parts a smart IP strategy? If there is a market for secondary product parts, it may make sense to file design patent applications to protect the ornamental appearance of each visually unique component. It is not uncommon for an overall product to be protected by multiple design patents covering individual parts. This […]

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Can fashion and clothing be protected with design patents?

Protecting fashion with design patents In the fashion world, looks matter. Design patents are all about protecting unique ornamental appearances, so it makes sense for the fashion industry to consider this type of IP before launching new lines. Keep in mind that US design patents have specific requirements that may differ from design laws of […]

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GUI Design Patents: What to know

Is US design patent protection available for a graphical user interface (GUI)? Yes, it is possible to obtain a US design patent on a graphical user interface. The patent examining rules refer to GUIs as two-dimensional Computer-Generated Icons which may be statutory subject matter (read protectable) if they comply with certain guidelines [see MPEP 1504.01(a)]. […]

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Can a single design patent application include multiple designs?

Can a single design patent application include multiple designs? The short answer is yes, but you may want to think twice before including multiple designs (aka embodiments) in a single design patent application. However, the risk is that a multi-design applicant may incur greater costs in the long term by attempting to cover multiple designs […]

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What Should Chinese Applicants Know About US Design Patents?

Reasons for Procuring US Design Patents Chinese design patent owners will already know the benefits of design patent protection in the US. Unlike US utility patents, a typical US design patent may be obtained more quickly and for less money. The allowance rate of US design applications, particularly upon a first review by the patent examiner […]

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What is a design patent?

What does a design patent protect? A design patent protects the ornamental appearance of an invention, i.e., how a product looks and not how it works. Design patents are typically cheaper and quicker to obtain than utility patents.  While design patents offer limited protection compared to the broader scope of utility patents, filing a design patent […]

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