Low Tech IP: Design patent and trademark protection

Design patent and trademark protection for low tech products So you’re not in the high tech industry. Is IP out of the question then? You may be encouraged to know that IP is not only for high tech products. Low technology products can also have protectable IP in design patent and trademark protection. While basic […]

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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? 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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What Foreign Applicants Must 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?

Why not file a design patent application? If you are in the business of innovation, you can’t ignore design patents. And if you’re going to pursue them, you need to understand what they can and cannot do. A design patent protects only the ornamental appearance of an invention. The focus is on the visually unique […]

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