What is a design patent divisional application?

Design patent divisional application: when do you need it? Though it does not happen often, a design patent application may occasionally be filed with multiple designs, known as embodiments. The hope of the applicant is that design application will issue with all designs, thereby saving some money. Unfortunately for the applicant, design patent examiners tend […]

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What does a design patent protect?

Should you file a design patent application? Without a doubt, design patents are cheaper and quicker to obtain than utility patents. The low cost and low probability of rejections certainly make design patents an appealing option for cash-strapped startups seeking some type of protection. If the appearance of your product or concept is arguably unique, […]

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How to speed up design patent applications

Can you speed up design patent applications? Yes, you can speed up the examination of design patent applications. Applicants may file a request for expedited examination (aka Rocket Docket). The average wait time (pendency) for a first Office Action in design applications is about 14 months (as of November 2019). Keep in mind that these […]

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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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What is the design patent application process and cost?

What is the design patent application process? The design patent process is much simpler than that of a utility patent. Costs for obtaining a design patent are significantly lower as well. If you have something that looks different, then a design patent may make sense. The examination process (aka “prosecution”) for a US design patent […]

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Can a single design patent application include multiple designs?

Can a single design patent application include multiple designs? You can try, but it probably will not work in most cases. In limited circumstances, you might be able to include multiple designs in a US design patent application. Chances of success seem slim, so be careful. The risk is high that a multi-embodiment design application […]

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