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 […]

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How to read a patent: Utility vs. design patents

How to read a patent While design patents are straightforward, utility patents can be confusing to understand. You have the claims which read like a foreign language. And then you have the written description which typically discloses details that seem to be more specific than what you find in the claims. How do we make […]

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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 a design patent.  If you want to protect the functional features of your concept, then apply […]

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