How to Get a Better Design Patent

What makes a design patent better? Design patents are quite simple. So simple, in fact, that it can be easy to overlook certain nuances that can broaden the protection provided. Here’s a common scenario. You do a bit of research into the differences between a design and utility patent, and conclude that design is the […]

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Can a design patent show a specific material or composition of matter?

Can a design patent cover a type of material? We all know that designs patents cover the ornamental appearance of a product or idea. Functionality is protected by utility patents. But what if the unique appearance of your product comes from its material? Can a design patent show a specific material, substance or composition of […]

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What do dashed lines in a design patent mean?

What is the meaning of broken or dashed lines in a design patent? While I’m not sure if you can call it a loophole, US design patents enable a particular option in the drawings that can potentially broaden protection. The use of dashed lines, or broken lines, in design patent drawings means that whatever is […]

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What are USPTO requirements for design patent drawings?

Strict USPTO Rules for Design Patent Drawings The USPTO has strict standards for US design patent drawings. The strict rules include certain required views as well as how those views must be shown. In most cases, figures for a design patent application should be drawn in black-and-white line drawings. Design patent drawings should include proper […]

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