File both utility and design patents: When does it make sense?

Is it possible to file both utility and design patents? The question ignored by most startups and entrepreneurs is: Why not file both utility and design patents? Most innovators tend to have an “either/or” mindset due to the distinctions between utility patents and design patents: either the invention is protectable with a utility patent or […]

Read More

How to read a utility patent

How to read a utility patent Utility patents can be confusing to understand. You have the claims which read like a foreign language, and the description which typically discloses details that are more specific than the patent owner would prefer. How do we make sense of these various parts of a utility patent? Let me […]

Read More

Design Patents vs. Utility Patents: What are the differences?

Design Patents vs. Utility Patents The essential distinction between design and utility patents is the difference in protecting “How it looks” (design) vs. “How it works” (utility).  If you’re concerned about competitors copying the appearance of your concept, then apply for design patents.  If you want to protect the functional features of your concept, then apply for […]

Read More